The Coshocton County Beacon April 26, 2017 - Page 4

4 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com APRIL 26 , 2017

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| MARK ’ S MUSINGS

You expect this column to meet certain criteria - I think . Maybe ? I need to take a little different tack this week based on some information gleaned from the Earth Day event held at the Coshocton County Career Center on Saturday , April 22 . Did you know that we have problems with bats , bees and butterflies ?

There were some very informative folks at this event that have a passion for our environment and the earth . We all should . I need to be more precise with my wording - the “ problems ” are that they are disappearing . There is something called a White Nose syndrome that is killing hibernating bats in the eastern and now central United States . The goal is to defend a line in the central U . S . - keeping the syndrome on this side . Thankfully , many really smart people are working on this problem .
Let ’ s move on to the bees . Specifically the fragile honeybee . Colonies are collapsing - even disappearing with Colony Collapse Disorder - or CCD - and the bee population is subsequently declining . This is obviously bad news . Really bad . Bees do much more than make honey as you probably know - they pollinate our food . A Google search will quickly bring up thousands of articles - and you have to search hard to find one that says anything positive about the bee population . Beekeepers in Coshocton County are doing their part and that is good news . An article posted on www . slate . com indicates that the bee population is all right and recovering . It is from July of 2016 . There are many more articles that say otherwise . I guess you can do the research and form your own opinion .
Now let ’ s focus on the butterfly . This is the Monarch butterfly . According to an online article from The Washington Post dated 2014 , there are three key reasons for the rapid decline in the Monarch butterfly numbers . One is the illegal deforestation in Mexico in their breeding grounds , the second is two very hard weather seasons and the third and most significant according to the article is the decline of milkweed in the Midwest - a source of food - due to pesticides and habitat removal . There are 108 species of milkweed and there are groups that are working on this problem too , including www . monarchwatch . org .
That is probably enough downer news for one column but these three things are important to us all .
We have to give a shout out to Colton Conkle - National Champion in the Elks Hoop Shoot for his age bracket . I say again , National Champion . Wow . That is incredible and something to be proud of ! Way to go Colton !
The Cavs are rolling - at least through the first round . Indians have - somehow - vaulted themselves into a first place tie with Detroit . The Cubbies are in first , the Pirates are in last and the boys from Cincinnati are right behind the Cubs with 20 games gone by in a 160 plus game season .
The Coshocton Community Choir spring concert is this Sunday at McKinley Auditorium . Enjoy . And who else is enjoying the beautiful display of dogwoods and flowers around the community ?

America in Bloom judges look at environmental efforts

Today I want to review the fourth criteria of America in Bloom ( AIB ). However , I also want to share a letter I received and answer a question I was asked . But first , the fourth criteria is environmental efforts . This area is reviewed in terms of sustainability practices ; recycling ( paper , glass , metal , plastic , electronics , etc .), policies and by-laws , sustainable development strategies , waste reduction , hazardous waste minimization and collection ( oil , paint , chemicals , used batteries , etc .), water quality and conservation , energy conservation , environmental cleanup activities , reducing carbon footprint , environmentally friendly transportation , LEED certification , air , noise and light pollution , rain gardens and rain barrels , composting , energy efficiency , youth programs and events such as Earth Day , recycling days , bike to work days , etc .
The judges look at municipal leadership in environmental initiatives , effective communication of environmental strategies and initiative , new programs , improvement and innovation .
They also review business and residential participation in environmental efforts , new programs , improvement and innovation , volunteer involvement and youth participation .
The Judges noticed the recycling efforts of the community with curbside recycling but commented that even though eighty percent ( 80 %) of the residents utilize those services , there is only a thirty-seven percent ( 37 %) recycle rate . They encouraged the schools and government to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing energy use and using low flow
plumbing fixtures . They noted the rain barrels and rain garden projects of OSU Extension and the Pomerene Center , but encouraged the city schools to step up . They also commended the use of cisterns at Clary Gardens to reduce erosion and conserve water for irrigation purposes .
The question I was asked last week was “ when do you find time to write those articles ?” Let me answer the question by sharing the contents of a card I received the week before . It is from a local citizen who asked to remain anonymous .
Dear Mr . France : I enjoyed reading your article - “ Show Your Love for Coshocton ” recently in the Coshocton Beacon and it started me to do some thinking about my hometown . I am grateful for the contributions you have given to Coshocton . One in particular is the Coshocton County Courthouse Square- ----a place of beauty ! Coshocton is not only a place of beauty but also a city of quality----thanks to you and many others who care and love our town . Enclosed is a contribution to Coshocton Is Blooming to be used in any way you see fit .
It is not unusual for me to receive three ( 3 ) or four ( 4 ) thank-you cards each year , some with pictures . People often stop me and thank me when I am working downtown , or as they drive by or at a local business or restaurant .
So , let me answer the question with a question - how do you NOT find the time to do the right thing when so many people notice and appreciate your work ?
Tim France is president of Coshocton is Blooming .
Tim France | Contributed

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4 THE BEACON www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com |  OPINION Y ou expect this wise. I guess you can do column to meet the research and form your certain criteria - I own opinion. think. Maybe? I Now let’s focus on the need to take a little differ- butterfly. This is the Mon- ent tack this week based on arch butterfly. According some information gleaned to an online article from from the Earth Day event MARK’S MUSINGS The Washington Post dated held at the Coshocton 2014, there are three key County Career Center on Saturday, reasons for the rapid decline in the April 22. Did you know that we have Monarch butterfly numbers. One is the problems with bats, bees and butter- illegal deforestation in Mexico in their flies? breeding grounds, the second is two There were some very informative very hard weather seasons and the third folks at this event that have a passion and most significant according to the for our environment and the earth. We article is the decline of milkweed in the all should. I need to be more precise Midwest - a source of food - due to pes- with my wording - the “problems” are ticides and habitat removal. There are that they are disappearing. There is 108 species of milkweed and there are something called a White Nose syn- groups that are working on this problem drome that is killing hibernating bats too, including www.monarchwatch.org. in the eastern and now central United That is probably enough downer news States. The goal is to defend a line in the for one column but these three things central U.S. - keeping the syndrome on are important to us all. this side. Thankfully, many really smart We have to give a shout out to Colton people are working on this problem. Conkle - National Champion in the Elks Let’s move on to the bees. Specifical- Hoop Shoot for his age bracket. I say ly the fragile honeybee. Colonies are again, National Champion. Wow. That collapsing - even disappearing with is incredible and something to be proud Colony Collapse Disorder - or CCD - of! Way to go Colton! and the bee population is subsequently The Cavs are rolling - at least through declining. This is obviously bad news. the first round. Indians have - somehow Really bad. Bees do much more than - vaulted themselves into a first place make honey as you probably know tie with Detroit. The Cubbies are in first, - they pollinate our food. A Google the Pirates are in last and the boys from search will quickly bring up thousands Cincinnati are right behind the Cubs of articles - and you have to search hard with 20 games gone by in a 160 plus to find one that says anything positive game season. about the bee population. Beekeepers The Coshocton Community Choir in Coshocton County are doing their spring concert is this Sunday at McKin- part and that is good news. An article ley Auditorium. Enjoy. And who else posted on www.slate.com indicates is enjoying the beautiful display of that the bee population is all right and dogwoods and flowers around the recovering. It is from July of 2016. There community? are many more articles that say other- |  APRIL 26, 2017 America in Bloom judges look at environmental efforts Today I want to review the fourth criteria of America in Bloom (AIB). However, I also want to share a letter I received and answer a question I was asked. But first, the fourth criteria is environmental efforts. This area is reviewed in terms of sustainability practices; recycling (paper, glass, metal, plastic, electronics, etc.), policies and by-laws, sustainable devel- opment strategies, waste reduction, haz- ardous waste minimization and collec- tion (oil, paint, chemicals, used batteries, etc.), water quality and conservation, en- ergy conservation, environmental clean- up activities, reducing carbon footprint, environmentally friendly transportation, LEED certification, air, noise and light pollution, rain gardens and rain barrels, composting, energy efficiency, youth programs and events such as Earth Day, recycling days, bike to work days, etc. The judges look at municipal leadership in environmental initiatives, effective communication of environmental strategies and initiative, new programs, improvement and innovation. They also review business and resi- dential participation in environmental efforts, new programs, improvement and innovation, volunteer involvement and youth participation. The Judges noticed the recycling efforts of the community with curbside recy- cling but commented that even though eighty percent (80%) of the residents utilize those services, there is only a thir- ty-seven percent (37%) recycle rate. They encouraged the schools and govern- ment to reduce our carbon footprint by reducing energy use and using low flow plumbing fixtures. They noted the rain barrels and rain garden projects of OSU Extension and the Pomerene Center, but encouraged the city schools to step up. They also commended the use of cisterns at Clary Gardens to reduce erosion and conserve water for irrigation purposes. The question I was asked last week was “when do you find time to write those articles?” Let me answer the question by sharing the contents of a card I received the week before. 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