The Coshocton County Beacon September 19, 2018 - Page 21

www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 THE BEACON 21 Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices hosts Road to Recovery night By Beth Scott beth@coshoctoncountybeacon.com Contributed | Beacon Twenty-one trees were planted Sept. 8 along South Seventh Street and at Bancroft Park. The project was headed by the Coshocton Tree Commission and funded by the Coshocton Rotary Club. COSHOCTON – Coshocton Behavioral Health Choices (CBHC) hosted its Road to Recovery night at the court square on Friday, Sept. 7. “I think one reason [to have the event] is if you talk to someone outside of the loop, they’ve never heard of us,” said David Dosser, counselor and vivitrol coordinator. “A lot of people don’t know we have a drug and alcohol agency in Coshocton. Th ey also don’t have a clue how deep the opioid crisis goes.” Th ere was a good turn-out for the event with a variety of fun, family-friendly acti vities including games for the kids, face painting, prizes, pizza and cookies, and DJ Rockin’ Reggie from Columbus who is 31 years sober. “I think the Lord has been drawing me to get back into it to maybe help someone,” said someone at the event who has been sober for many decades. “It’s good for them to come and have fun together without that infl uence.” Many people who were there that night were testi- monies to others who were just starting their recovery journey that recovery is possible and it can be accom- plished. One such person is John Turley who is return- ing to college to get his masters in chemical dependen- cy and mental health. Columbia Gas of Ohio responds to Massachusett s incident Rotary funds tree commission project COSHOCTON - It was a rainy morning, but the job had to get done! Th ere were 21 trees to be planted and over a dozen volunteers showed up Saturday morning, Sept. 8, to help with the planting. Th is beautifi cation project along South Seventh Street and at Bancroft Park was headed by the Coshocton Tree Commission and funded by the Coshocton Rotary Club. Worldwide, Rotary Clubs are celebrating their 100 anniversary and their goal is to plant a tree for each member. Th is is a great contribution by Coshocton’s Rotary Club. Members of the tree commission, a couple of employ- ees from the street department, some Rotary members, and few volunteers helped to plant 11 Th ornless Hon- eylocusts and 10 Ginkgo trees in spite of the rain. James Plumbing Ltd. donated the use of a backhoe and gaso- line; one of their employees donated his time in operating the backhoe. It will take a couple of years for the trees to get estab- lished, but they will certainly enhance these areas. Mem- bers of the tree commission thank Coshocton Rotary for their support and for the volunteers who braved the weather to get this planting project done. Th e tree com- mission is a volunteer group appointed by the mayor and works with the city in maintaining the tree areas along the streets of Coshocton. Contributed | Beacon “I starting experimenting [with drugs and alcohol] when I was 13,” said Turley. “It just kind of went on to become a weekend thing. Th en I started drinking heav- ily and doing harder drugs. Alcohol was my turn-to though and my life spiraled downward.” When Turley was 40 years old, he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver which can be caused by drinking too much alcohol. Turley said he woke up one morning and couldn’t move and spent time in the hospital at OSU. “Th rough the hard work of a lot of people, I was able to turn my life around,” said Turley. “I can’t mention enough how much the 12-step program helped me.” Turley said he was encouraged by his counselors at CBHC to go back to college and become a counselor. He received his associates at COTC and his bachelor’s at Mt. Vernon Nazarene. He is now working on his masters. “From the point of view of having been there gives me a certain insight of how their mind works and what they’re going through,” said Turley. “Also, I know all of the lies they tell me because I made most of them up before they were even born. Th is job is a dream job, it’s not working. I feel like I’m doing what I was born to do. I’m fulfi lling that promise that I’ll give back to what has been given to me.” Contributed | Beacon Reciting Bible verses Tyler Ponte recites a Bible verse to Tonya Franks at AWANA on Wednesday at Chili Church. Over 70 children memorize Bible verses, play fun games and have a delicious snack every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to this free event. Chili Cross- roads Bible Church is located at 29445 County Road 10, Fresno. Contact: 740-545-9707 or www.Chili- Church.org/AWANA COLUMBUS - Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the recent tragic events in Massachusetts. We realize our customers and community partners here in Ohio may have concerns or questions about our operations across the state. We want to assure everyone that our system continues to operate normally and safely. Ad- ditionally, we perform regular safety checks on all our facilities. We also monitor our system 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Our customers expect and deserve safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to their homes and businesses. Natural gas safety requires a partnership between Co- lumbia Gas of Ohio, our customers, and communities. • If a customer smells an odor of natural gas, they should leave the area immediately, move to a safe location and call 911 and Columbia Gas of Ohio at 1-800-344-4077. • Qualifi ed contractors or plumbers should be con- tacted for maintenance or repair work on natural gas appliances and house lines. • Always call 811 at least two business days before beginning an excavation project to have all un- derground utilities located. It is a free service that ensures the safety of our community. If Columbia Gas of Ohio customers have concerns or questions about their service, call 1-800-344-4077. Contributed | Beacon