The Coshocton County Beacon June 28, 2017 - Page 8

8 THE BEACON www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com 526 Main Street would become home to Bruce’s Restaurant, owned and operated by Bruce Abel. The restaurant would serve pure beef hamburgers, lunch sandwiches and delicious pies all cooked by cook and manager Mrs. Margaret Larson. JUNE 26, 1967 14-year-old Larry Baumgardner had won the Co- shocton Soap Box Derby. The Coshocton 8th grader would be off to Akron to compete for $500 in his A-6 racer. Runner up was Lincoln Elementary, 6th grader, Philip Small. JUNE 27, 1977 Mayor Grier, E.E. Montgomery of the Coshocton Foundation and President of the City Park Board, and Joe Ely, oversaw the dedication of the new aque- duct towpath, bridge and flag plaque presentation. Amongst the day’s many festivities were bicycle races and an ice cream social held at the newly-refurbished Pavilion. A 24-star flag, like the ones that would have flown during the canal times, was presented to the Captain of the Monticello II, Ron Wilson. “Mad” Marshall Jacobs was presented with a plaque in rec- ognition of his work designing and building the canal boat. JUNE 30, 1987 Over the weekend, the Ohio State University hosted the Ohio Special Olympics. Twelve Coshocton County residents participated and brought home 15 medals and 18 ribbons. Coach Lillie Laurray and assistant Betty Zimmerman and athletes: Andy Becker, Jan Davis, Annette Erman, Jim Gorby, Paul Knepper, Paul Lauvray, Chris Lingo, Doane Livingstone, Robert Ma- han, Tom Moyer, Kathy Nelson, Melanie Snyder and Kelly Stigler represented Coshocton. By Josie Sellers josie@coshoctoncountybeacon.com COSHOCTON COUNTY – Living at Echoing Hills has given Helen Watts the opportunity to work, play and travel. “We get to do a lot of stuff together,” she said. Watts, however, couldn’t pick a favorite activity. “It’s all fun,” she said. She’s also gotten to go to several places with the camp program. “We’ve gone lots of places, but I think Washington D.C. was the best trip,” Watts said. “I think they are talking about a Hawaii trip now.” Watts has lived at Echoing Hills for almost four years now. “I’m from Zanesville and where I was living was going to close,” she said. “I was in desperate need of a new home. I’d come here for camp going on 20 some years and wanted to come some place I knew.” Watts attends the Echoing Hills day program where they make items to sell at craft shows and various com- munity events. “I kind of like the wreaths we make,” Watts said. “Sometimes we come up with our own designs and sometimes we just change the logos up on them.” Those who attend the day program though follow a daily schedule that includes more than just arts and crafts time. They also spend time doing exercises, re- searching topics and making decisions as a group. “There is very much an educational aspect and work aspect to it,” said Kate Conway, development project coordinator at Echoing Hills. Proud to serve the people of Coshocton and surrounding communities since 1896! Specializing in Custom Design, Etching and Carving of Fine Memorials Granite • Marble • Bronze • Mausoleums Cemetery Lettering & Cleaning Watts is one of 24 people who live in Echoing Hills’ residence hall. “Everyone has their own bedroom and it’s like its own little community,” said Jerry Ross, Echoing Hills Region- al Director, Coshocton County. “It’s kind of like living in a college dorm or an apartment building.” Echoing Hills has branch facilities in Montgomery, Athens, Stark, Summit, and Lorain counties and each has residential facilities. “They each look a little different though to fit in with the community they are in,” Conway said. At Coshocton everyone can decorate their room the way they choose. Several are decked out in Ohio State colors and many of the rooms that belong to ladies have a feminine touch. “My room in yellow and has lots of pictures and things on the walls,” Watts said. Bathrooms are shared between every two rooms. Oth- er highlights include several lounge areas for residents to enjoy, a cafeteria area, computer room and chapel. Staff members are available 24 hours a day to assist residents. Ross said Echoing Hills is considered an intermediate care facility and to reside there you must have some level of intellectual disability. Watts was born with cerebral palsy, which can be caused by a brain malformation or brain injury. “Coming here has made a big impact on my life and I especially like the fact that it’s a Christian facility,” she said. 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