The Coshocton County Beacon April 17, 2019 - Page 15

Kaiser delivers message at last Lenten Lunch of the season By Josie Sellers josie@coshoctoncountybeacon.com COSHOCTON – Th e 50th anniversary of the Coshocton County Lenten Lunches wrapped up on April 10 with a special message delivered by Pastor Dairel Kaiser from Keene United Methodist Church. Kaiser’s message was entitled “Sorrow- ful Water” and related to the scripture John 20:11-18, which was read by Pastor Dale Sutton from Roscoe United Method- ist Church. John 20:11-18 talks about Mary Magda- lene standing outside the tomb of Jesus crying because she realizes it is empty. Two angels ask her why she is crying and then Jesus appears and addresses her. Kaiser related this passage to the sor- rows of losing a loved one. “Anytime death enters into our lives, whether expected or unexpected, our world turns dark and blank all of a sudden,” he said. “We need to allow our emotions to work with us and let the sor- rowful tears or waters fl ow freely.” Feeling these emotions remind you that you were blessed to have known someone. “Th e only real easy fi x to the pain and Josie Sellers | Beacon Pastor Dairel Kaiser from Keene United Methodist Church was the fi nal presenter of the 50th anniversary of the Coshocton County Lenten Lunches. sorrow would be to have had no relation- ship with the person who died,” Kaiser said. “I tell people to think about how empty their life would have been without them. As the tears come to us they are a way of cleansing us as we try to deal and cope with life.” Th e tears also remind us that Jesus is here with us. “Jesus was there outside the tomb and is there for us today even in the midst of all these things that cause sorrowful tears,” Kaiser said. “Embrace the sorrow- ful tears and use them to help you face the challenges coming up. Th e sorrowful waters are not the end of the story. Jesus’ love is. Reach out and embrace it and the joyful waters that follow for a promise of new life.” Th e annual Lenten Lunches were held at Th e Presbyterian Church. Church Women United served the meals and diff erent churches provided soups each week. A $5 donation was asked for the meals with proceeds going to the Church Women United to help them provide school clothing for children in need in Coshocton County. Dick Hoover, who was part of the plan- ning committee, thanked Joan McNeely, Donna Westfall, Roma Vance, Mickie Galajda, Charles Snyder, and Cather- ine Miller for their help in organizing the lunches. Cindy Stockdale and Janet Hardesty assisted at the April 10 lunch by sharing their musical talents. Th e lunch- es also would not have been possible without those who attended during the Lenten season. “We hope you were refreshed these last six weeks of our gathering and experi- enced the Savior’s love,” Hoover said. APEG sett ing strategy to help Coshocton and region By Mark Fortune mark@coshoctoncountybeacon.com COSHOCTON - Th e Beacon recently sat down with Mike Jacoby, CEO & President of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) an organization tasked with helping foster growth, retention and expansion in the southern and eastern Appalachian region of Ohio. As the JobsOhio Network partner for Southern & Eastern Ohio, the APEG team stands ready to assist companies looking to locate here and facilitates the growth of busi- nesses that already call the region home. Following a strategic planning session held here in Coshocton County on March 26, Th e Beacon had the opportunity to ask several questions of Jacoby so that people in our community will know more about APEG and what they are doing to help spur economic growth. APEG can be contacted at 740-753-5359 or by email at info@apeg.com. Th eir website is www.apeg.com. Th is will be a series of articles in a question and answer format that will be published over the next few weeks. Th e questions, while somewhat built upon each other, can be followed each week on their own. Second in a series. Q. How can APEG specifi cally help the people of Coshocton County? A. “So if there is an existing company that has a poten- tial expansion opportunity where they - ITM Marketing for example - we made a fi nancial off er of incentives to - you know they’re renovating a building - we have grants, tax incentives, training programs, fi nancing programs, for those companies that are creating new APRIL 17, 2019 jobs in the targeted sectors. We get involved in the site readiness, site selection business - so we’ve worked with Tiff any (Tiff any Swigert - Coshocton Port Authority Ex- ecutive Director) on diff erent things. We had a company come over in the fall and look at some sites - they have not made a decision yet. It’s a very long process. Th ere is a lot of evaluation involved.” Q. Why should we - here in Coshocton County - care about APEG? A. “Th e process we’re going through - we’re going to keep doing what we’re already doing. We’re still going to help businesses create and grow jobs. But the process we’re going through is that our region - it’s a million people - across 25 counties - we are not holding our own compared to the rest of the state and the rest of the nation. Th e biggest city in our region is Zanesville. For example, we’re competing with Columbus - and they dominate. Th ey have predicted that they will gain 600,000 people by 2050. But at the same time period Ohio is only expected to gain 110,000 people. Th e birth rate is a non-issue. So that means that 500,000 people will move from other parts of Ohio to central Ohio. Why is that hap- pening? Th ere is a lot of momentum in Columbus; Th e Ohio State University, Chase Bank and others. But a big part of what is driving growth anymore is the millenni- als - these young, educated, whether that is a degree or some other marketable skill a lot of that is driving the growth. And small town Appalachia is trying to com- pete to keep our young people and bring them back at some point and even recruit somebody new to the area. And when you talk to these employers they’re trying to www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com hire people. But to fi nd an engineer, an accountant, an IT person, when they interview these younger, college educated folks and they come to a community like - I live in a community outside of Zanesville - these folks want to see some amenities that can be really hard for a small town to generate and so we - at the end of this plan - we’re trying to have a strategy so that our communities can compete and maintain and improve our quality of life. So that’s going to mean doing things that we’re not doing right now. Who knows what this is going to look like exactly. We’re talking now about place making - which means as a traditional economic development guy - which is what I’ve been - we didn’t mess with downtown devel- opment, didn’t’ really think about it, wasn’t our niche. Th e millennials want to be typically, in an urban envi- ronment, they may be living in a loft apartment - they may be going to a brew pub in the evening, they may be going to a fancy coff ee shop in the morning. Th ey may want more recreational opportunities, they may want cool housing, they want hip environments, they want broadband, they want Wi-Fi. Th ere are things that we probably need to be doing so that we can off er the type of environment where we can have tech startup com- panies, and can have the traditional manufacturer who wants to hire an engineer who is looking at where they want to live. Do I want to live in a small town where I may not have the same amenities that Columbus has. But if there is enough? Well.” Th e third article in this series will appear in the April 24 issue of Th e Coshocton County Beacon. THE BEACON 15