What a difference a year – a day – or an hour makes

| August 19, 2020

You remember the old saying, “What a difference a year makes?” I think we can revise that phrase to a new one for modern “COVID-19 Pandemic” times – “What a difference an hour makes?”

When I nestled into my comfy office chair last week with my plush teddy bear, a steaming mug of coffee and a warm scone by my side to write my column the Buckeyes were still on track to play some football. Even though TTUN game was moved to late October, it was still being played. Fast forward a few days later and “boom,” no more Big 10 football this fall!

However, those boys down south in that little SEC conference are still playing – as of right now. And just so folks don’t think I went off the deep end last week and really have no clue what is going on (a lot of times I don’t!) as I am writing this, the SEC and Big 12 football seasons are still a go. We will see how that works out.

Also – high school fall sports seasons are still a go with some major changes to the football season – this year all schools have an opportunity to make the playoffs. The water gets a bit murky after that and requires a more in-depth look but running the football playoffs like basketball and other sports may be a win for a lot of schools.

How about that pretty new bridge, huh? I found myself wondering, have I said anything about the completed project yet? Nope. I wrote plenty over the past two years as the project moved along rather nicely. The folks at ODOT went over and above on this project and they deserve our gratitude. It’s wonderful. Sure, a couple more stoplights where there were none before but for overall safety, flow of traffic and appearance for our community, it’s a solid win.

There are a lot of those right now if you are noticing. New businesses are popping up, people are taking some risks and investing in our community. They believe. We just need to support them – and of course, support the businesses and organizations that have been here all along.

We would be very remiss this week if we did not express our appreciation to all of those that are involved in our schools. From teachers, cooks, maintenance, janitorial, coaches, administrators, superintendents, school boards, aids, bus drivers, administration office staff and all those that make our schools go, what a challenge they are walking into this fall. We need to keep all of them – and of course, the students themselves, whether they are doing remote learning or will be in the classroom, in our thoughts and prayers.

Speaking of people to thank, continued appreciation goes out to all of our first responders, nurses, doctors, staff and all those that make our lives more comfortable, safe and healthy. The risks that they take on a daily basis are real. To everyone working at the hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, assisted living facilities or nursing homes, we thank you. You are all heroes.

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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