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We’re rolling now in Coshocton County

| June 16, 2022

Positive momentum is everywhere you look in and around Coshocton County. It’s an almost frantic pace of improvements, purchases, infrastructure investment and much more. And Intel is still several years away from full reality – but the impact will be felt – and is being felt – now.

The coordination and cooperation among groups, organizations, government and the private sector has been sluggish at times – but it is here in a big way now. And the impact is not only being felt – it is also being seen up and down Main Street and throughout our community. That cooperation is moving Coshocton County forward.

Obviously, the biggest project right now is the Selby Building – to us “older folks” – the former home of J.J. Newberry. Ah yes, the lunch counter – and the stairway going into the basement. If I recall, and I may have this wrong – didn’t they have toys down there? Those were moments of wonder to a 10-year-old kid.

Seeing these historic buildings restored is not only an investment in our community – but it brings back some nostalgia and fond memories of when “Main Street was the place to be.” The Saturday morning trips to Sycks Bakery and getting a couple of those iced maple rolls. Oh my! I can taste them now! No wonder I had so many pimples as a kid.

The Main Street restaurants that served up a mean plate of mashed potatoes, a roll, Swiss steak and green beans or corn for a couple of bucks. To a hungry teenager that was heaven after a morning of shining shoes at the boot shop. Those were the days.

Forgive me, I must have been wanting to take a stroll down memory lane this morning.

Let’s return to the present. The important thing is that people are making quality investments in our community – on Main Street, Second Street, Roscoe Village, West Lafayette, Warsaw and beyond. Let’s shop local and support them!

The community event schedule is quite full – with the Hot Air Balloon Festival just concluded – and the Indian Mud Run coming up at the end of June. The summer concert series downtown, community band concerts, and more are all geared up.

This might be the ideal summer for staying close to home with gas prices at the $5.00 per gallon level – and enjoy everything that Coshocton County and the surrounding region has to offer. If you enjoy camping, the great outdoors, swimming or maybe just hanging around with family and friends, you can save some gas money and learn more about our community this summer.

Instead of hanging around the house on a rainy summer day, visit the Johnson Humrickhouse Museum and take a tour of Roscoe Village. Learn how our ancestors lived and worked in our very own restored canal era town. Then after a day of learning you can relax and have dinner in the village or come across the bridge. We have much to offer right here in Coshocton County!

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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