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Where, oh where, are you going?

| July 28, 2022

Summertime that is. As my wife shared something with me yesterday from an author that we both enjoy reading, “the days are long, but the months, years and decades are short.” They sure are. June – gone. July – only a few days remain when you read this. It seems that school starts at the beginning of August. If memory serves, when I was a kid, school did not start until late September. Maybe even after the fair. Or was it Thanksgiving? I know we started before Christmas. Perhaps that is when I mentally “kicked in.”

And of course, I walked through five (or was it three?) feet of snow uphill both ways to school. Now that I think about it – I really did walk uphill both ways in junior high. You know, the one that sat at the top of Roscoe hill. Uphill to that and uphill home. I’ll let you decide on the snow and when school started back in the day.

School does not start at the beginning of August, but when you flip that calendar from July to August, something changes. Teachers and administrators are going to work, football and band practice are either happening now, or close to starting. Other fall sports, like golf, volleyball and cross country are also preparing for another season.

What’s the point of all this you ask? I’m not real sure myself. Focus more on the now – today – and strengthen your relationships with family and friends. The world is moving at a faster pace all the time. I doubt it will get any slower from here.

Now that the all-star break is over, a quick review of major league baseball. Will anyone catch the Yankees? No. Will anyone catch Houston? No. Can a team from the American League central division advance to the World Series this year? No. There are only three races that appear to have any semblance of competition – the American League central, the National League central and the National League east. It’s a three-way race with the Twins, Guardians and the White Sox. But to put it into perspective, the Yankees have won 14 more games than the division leading Twins as I write this on Monday.

Let’s move to football. The Buckeyes are not fooling around with the season opener – the Irish come to town on Sept. 3 for a night game. Then it’s another home game with Arkansas State on the 10th and Toledo on the 17th. Conference opener is Wisconsin on the 24th. The Buckeyes have five home games to start the season. That’s some good planning and puts a nice ring in the register.

What’s next for Coshocton County? A big finish to wrap up the free summer concert series – downtown on Friday, Aug. 5th.  Prior to the concert, come downtown for the annual First Farm Friday event. As everyone knows by now, ERNEST is coming to little ‘ol Coshocton. We’re looking forward to it and I’m sure he’ll receive a big welcome from our community. There are a lot of folks working hard to keep the positive momentum going – thanks to all of you!

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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