The Coshocton County Beacon July 1, 2021 - Page 6

Class of 1971 REUNION
6 • The Beacon July 1 , 2021

A lot can happen in just a couple of weeks

A lot can happen in a couple of weeks . Last week ’ s column fell victim to the woes of technology — more precisely , technology not working . Something buggered up my Microsoft Word ( it wasn ’ t me , I ’ m sure of it ), and despite several efforts to work around the issue , things just did not fall into place like I thought they would . Thus , no column .
Fast forward to later last week — around Thursday if memory serves — and with some technical support from folks smarter than me , Microsoft Word is back up and running . So let ’ s get to it .
During this two-week period and lapse from writing , I celebrated another birthday for which I am grateful . I also appreciate all the kind thoughts and birthday wishes from family and friends across our community . I am blessed to live here in Coshocton County with most members of our family being close . I often reflect on when we lived away and my parents and in-laws would make the long trek to wherever we happened to live at the time .
It was not until later in
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Mark ’ s Musings

Thank You

We would like to thank those who sent flowers or comforting words of sympathy . Our family appreciated the shared memories and acts of kindness from friends , care givers and those that remembered us in their thoughts and prayers .
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A special thank you to the Coshocton County Honor Guard and the Miller Funeral Home for the respectful service to a life well lived .
Family of Robert Williamson Debbie Phillips Darren Williamson and Families
life that I considered the sacrifice they made to make those trips and enjoy a few days with our family . They were not old , but they were not young , and an eight- or 10-hour drive can be challenging , but they did it . There was always a project or two to keep my dad and my father-in-law occupied . Sometimes it was something simple , like repairing a fence , or sometimes a more challenging task , like digging a ditch for drainage . Mostly , we kept things simple . But regardless , they dug in with gusto , and those are fond memories of both men .
The battle for Major League Baseball supremacy this year may come out of the National League West as both the Giants and the Dodgers are impressive as they stand one-two , respectively . While the dominance of the past few years remains with LA , the Giants , Houston and the like , several other teams could easily appear in the October classic and stand tall this year . The Indians are well within striking distance of the White Sox , and the Reds have climbed into third place just ahead of the Cardinals . That is after only winning three games out of their last 10 . Believe it or not , the halfway point of the 2021 season is just around first base .
Who will it be in the NBA playoffs ? Phoenix or LA in the West and Atlanta or Milwaukee in the East ? My prediction is Milwaukee and Phoenix in the finals . Is the dominance of Golden State and any team that features LeBron over as age and endurance start to overtake talent ? Time , the enemy of health and longevity , will tell .
Our community lost a beloved resident and huge fan of Coshocton last week with the passing of “ Pooch ” Blackson . Consider yourself fortunate if you knew Pooch . He always had a smile . He always had something positive to say , a funny story or two — or maybe even three — and was a cheerleader for our community . You will be greatly missed Pooch . Rest in peace .

Library hosting Tails and Tales for children

By Jen Jones
The Coshocton Public Library Summer Reading Program is in full swing .
Cyndi Shutt , youth services coordinator for the library , said all of the animal antics sessions are booked , but she wants to encourage people to call if they are interested , as cancellations do happen . “ We are so excited to finally be back to in-person programming . We have missed the children and their families ,” she said .
Activities are planned for children up to 12 years old on Monday , Wednesday and Thursday during the day and also Wednesday evenings . The West Lafayette Branch offers the sessions on Tuesday . Every week has a different theme such as “ Let ’ s Go on a Safari ,” “ Time Travel to Dinosaurs ,” “ Backyard Heroes ” and more . Programming runs through the week of July 22 .
Each session includes books , songs , games and crafts and centers around that week ’ s theme . On the

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When : July 31 , 2021 Where : Coshocton Village Inn & Suites 115 N . Water Street • Coshocton , OH 43812 Meet & Greet : 5pm-6:30pm • Dinner : 6:30pm
Menu : Parmesan Chicken , BBQ Pork , Cheesy Potatoes , Mixed Vegetables , Tossed Salad , Cake . Iced Tea , Lemonade , Water Provided . Cash Bar .
Cost : $ 20 Per Person Contact : Walter Mowery ( Make Checks Payable to ) 26620 Township Road 408 , Coshocton , Ohio 43812 Phone : 740-502-4341 ( Please leave message if no answer ) Cutoff Date for Reservations : July 20 , 2021
Super 8 Motel Rate - $ 79 Rooms may be available at the Roscoe Village Inn
If any questions , contact Walter Mowery
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Reagan , Lily , Kyndal and Ian Skelley show off the pictures they made during a Tails and Tales session at the Coshocton Public Library . The sessions include stories , crafts , songs and games for children up to age 12 .
week of June 7 , the theme was “ Let ’ s Go on a Safari .”
Renata Skelley brought her four children to one of the sessions . “ We love the library program . It helps with their reading , and they love seeing the library staff and singing songs . It ’ s something fun to do

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Lily Skelley , 12 , said she liked the safari the best . They had a list of animals and had to walk around the room to find all of the animals . Kyndal Skelley , 9 , also liked the safari the best . “ We got to wear hats and look for the animals .”
Six-year-old Reagan liked the stickers the best , and 2-year-old Ian enjoyed pointing out the animals to his mom and library staff .
Teen programming is every Wednesday from 2:30-3:30 p . m . on the grassy area beside the library if the weather is nice . If the weather is bad , programming is in the small meeting room . Teen “ Paws ” to Craft sessions are June 16 and 23 and July 14 from 3:30-4:30 p . m . The West Lafayette Branch offers Teen Time on June 17 , July 15 and Aug . 19 at 5:30 p . m .
Shutt wanted to thank all of the local businesses that donated toward the Summer Reading Program . “ We simply couldn ’ t do it without their support .”