The Coshocton County Beacon January 10, 2018 - Page 4

4 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com JANUARY 10 , 2018

| OPINION | Letter to the Editor

Finally we have a bit of a reprieve from the bitter cold temperatures . By now , you ’ ve heard your share of “ It ’ s so cold outside that . . .” so I will just not go there . I have nothing original anyway .

I heard that over 3,000 fans braved the cold to attend the 0-16 Browns “ parade ”. Let ’ s hope that a season like the one just concluded does not loom over Lake Erie like lake effect snow for the next several seasons . The question that lingers now is - do the Browns take a quarterback or opt for other position players ? Everyone knows that along with a solid defense you gotta have a good quarterback as evidenced by the teams that advance to the playoffs . Is there another Tom Brady or Drew Brees out there somewhere ?
Although I am not that keen on either team - my pick is Georgia in the National Championship game .
How ‘ bout them Buckeyes ? The scarlet and gray knocked off ( before the Buckeyes loss ) then number one Michigan State on the hardwoods Sunday afternoon in an 80-64 victory .
Have you read the book yet ? Oh come on ! You know the one . The only book that everyone is talking about is of course , “ Fire and Fury ”. Truth ? Lies ? Half-truths ? Will we ever really know ?
How many of your New Year ’ s resolutions have you kept ? Or should I say , are still in the running for 2018 ? There are several obstacles that we have to face to keep these resolutions . Here ’ s the dilemma the way I see it . We live in Ohio - which is a cool thing of course - but

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the weather changes can make it difficult to not opt for hibernation in January instead of getting outside and partaking in some winter sports . That would be exercise which is always high on the resolution list .
Let ’ s shift to healthy eating . The problem is three-fold in this area the way I see it . First , we are faced with the wonderful leftovers from the holidays , typically in the form of cookies and candy . Yum ! But it ’ s a problem nonetheless for our resolution .
Second are the cold , snowy Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings when we are stuck indoors watching playoff football , college hoops , hockey , the Weather channel , a non-biased news channel or maybe the Hallmark channel- out comes the chips , pretzels , popcorn and of course , the leftover cookies and candy . Problem .
Thirdly , that big game of all games looms in early February . This is perhaps the largest problem of all . We literally - or most of us anyway - hunker down for an afternoon and evening of snacking while we watch and discuss the big game . It is the single best day for pizza in the U . S . with 48 million Americans ordering takeout or delivery for the big game . For many of us , it IS about the food especially if our favorite team is not playing . We will still watch the game but our favorite dip becomes our most valuable player . And if you ’ re lucky , you may be able to scrounge up a final leftover Christmas cookie that has been in hiding since New Year ’ s Eve .
To The Editor Over the holiday break , friends and family had the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful hike at Lake Park ’ s Eagle Ridge Trail . What a Coshocton gem with its picturesque rock formation and lovely hardwoods . It ’ s a new favorite now that the Morgan Run natural area was sold .
We noted the beautiful oaks trees along the trail - which are well over 100 years old in many cases – straight , majestic and towering . They truly give the trail its beauty .
Unfortunately , they are now marked with blue paint and plans have been made by the Coshocton Parks Board to clear cut these . We lost count of how many of these gorgeous trees will be destroyed but the number was staggering and will drastically change the landscape along the trail .
After speaking with the Park Director , I learned that funds generated from the clear cutting will be earmarked to fund other projects . I suggest that the oversight of operating funds be managed in a way that does not require the clear cutting of these trees .
Wouldn ’ t it be nice if this one small parcel of land be kept pristine and sustained ? These beautiful hard wood trees could be appreciated for generations to come - rather than turned for profit . I urge the park to reconsider the number of trees they plan to destroy .

Schooler Family Foundation announces 2017 grants

COSHOCTON - During 2017 , the Schooler Family Foundation awarded $ 170,395 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations and agencies of government located in Coshocton County , other locations in Ohio , and nationally .
$ 59,780 of this total went to nonprofit organizations and agencies of government located in or having programs benefitting the Coshocton County community . These grants included the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges ’ Ohio Scholars Program ; Dollars for Scholars , Scholarship America ’ s Coshocton County Chapter ; Junior Achievement programs in Coshocton County Schools ; Coshocton City Schools for the Save the Coshocton Planetarium Project ; and the Village of West Lafayette for an industrial washer and dryer for the village ’ s fire department .
In communities outside of Coshocton County , the foundation made grants totaling $ 110,615 to Philanthropy Ohio ; National Center for Family Philanthropy ; Philanthropy Roundtable ; Adult Congenital Heart Association for a Central Ohio
Leslie Ann Lenzo Granville
Regional Program ; Episcopal Senior Communities Foundation for its Pantry of Hope ; The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for its Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship Program ; and Perry Township , Licking County , Ohio for construction of a community room in the township ’ s new emergency services building .
Organizations and agencies interested in receiving grant funding or other assistance from the foundation may request a copy of the Schooler Family Foundation ’ s grant-making guidelines by emailing schoolerfamilyfoundation @ gmail . com or writing to Schooler Family Foundation , Post Office Box 6579 , Columbus , Ohio 43206-0579 .
For more information about this media release or the Schooler Family Foundation , please contact the foundation at schoolerfamilyfoundation @ gmail . com .
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