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Write-On Writers Guild to share stories

| July 4, 2014

COSHOCTON – The  Write-On Writers Guild will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, July 7, in Coshocton Public Library’s basement meeting room. This month’s patriotic writing prompt uses the city’s new slogan, “Coshocton, the ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ City.” Below is one member’s submission for reading that evening.  Members of the community are invited to come July 7, and read a story or poem they’ve written, using this new slogan.

Remember to also mark your calendars for Saturday, October 11, from 9 to 4 p.m. at Frontier Power’s Community Room. The Write-On Writers Guild will sponsor a writers workshop. Cost will be $5, which includes lunch.  Two of the topics covered will be poetry writing and memoir writing.


My story of Coshocton begins in Augusta, Maine.  Unlike today’s high school seniors who receive a car for their graduation, my gifts were a Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary and a Gruen watch.

Nicholson & Ryan, Jewelers, a mainstay of Augusta’s Water Street, included a small set of dishes with my parents’ purchase. There were four white dinner plates, four salad plates, four cups, and four saucers.  There was no color, just embossed flowers along each edge. This set of dishes was placed in my hope chest.

Perhaps twenty years later, a woman spoke at St. John’s Women’s Society about Coshocton’s big pottery, Pope Gosser. She showed us several pieces she had collected, from everyday dinnerware to elegant vases.

Something in her display intrigued me. At home later than evening, I read these words on a plate’s underside, Pope Gosser, Coshocton, Ohio.

Part II of this story took place in Washington, D.C. more than fifty years ago. My date-to-become-husband Glenn introduced me to his friend Serge. A recent Cuban refugee, Sergio Duarte said that he remembered having a special red ballpoint pen back home. Its label said, Novelty Advertising, Coshocton, Ohio.

In 2012, we spent two months in our camper in an RV Park in Frostproof, Florida. Our neighbor, Mary Jean from Michigan, brought over something special to show me. Her grandson, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, sent her for Christmas an American flag that had been flown over Afghanistan.

Her treasured gift was still in its box, from Annin Flag Company, Coshocton, Ohio.

Sally S. Kinkade – 06/19/14

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