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CARL KOLOGIE: Busy weekend in town

by on May 26, 2013 2:50 AM

Traditionally, the month of May has been a busy time. And this year is no exception.

Last weekend was a perfect example as it was jam-packed with activity that included graduation at IUP, the Jimmy Stewart Birthday event and the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

More than 100 Boy Scouts toured the Jimmy Stewart Museum May 17 as part of the requirement to earn the James M. Stewart Good Citizenship Award.

They were very intent, as part of the requirement is answering a 15-question quiz about the famous actor’s life, and the answers could be found throughout the museum.

The Scouts were camped out at the fairgrounds as part of the James M. Stewart Camporee that has been held every 10 years since the Indiana native returned to Indiana to celebrate his 75th birthday in 1983.

And, as you would suspect, no one failed the quiz and the Scouts received their award at a presentation ceremony held May 18 at the fairgrounds.

That afternoon Chris Collins was at the museum to show a film of his presentation last December when he performed in Pittsburgh and in New York. It was very well done and entertaining as Collins did bits from three of Stewart’s most publicized films: “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Harvey” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

Incidentally, if you haven’t been to the museum for a while, it would be worth a visit as there have been several changes under Tim Harley, executive director.

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More than 300 were in attendance at the 30th annual Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet held May 19 at Rustic Lodge.

The eight inductees were Marty Bolo, John Caruso, Ab Dettorre, Clarence Dixson, Dave Fairman, Mark Hess, Bert McPherson and Chuck Zbur. McPherson was inducted posthumously, and Zbur was unable to attend due to health problems.

Once again, it was an excellent program and the inductees kept the crowd entertained with their acceptance speeches.

Ray Goss, the voice of Duquesne University men’s basketball, served again as the master of ceremonies and added to the festivities.

Board members of the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame passed along a reminder that anyone who wishes to nominate an individual for induction can do so by first becoming a member of the organization, then submitting a short resume of the nominee. Membership is $10 annually or $100 for a lifetime membership. Checks may be made out to the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 823, Indiana, PA 15701.

Resumes may be submitted to the same address.

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Indiana football fans should remember Dan Cardone. He was the head coach at the high school for five years from 1987 through 1991. That was the era when the Indians left District 6 and joined the WPIAL. Cardone was in the headlines recently when he announced that he resigned as the athletic director at North Hills, a position he has held since 1992.

In 2012 he was inducted into the Western chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Cardone also served as president of the WPIAL Athletic Directors’ Association and in recent years served on both the WPIAL and PIAA boards of control.



Carl Kologie is a columnist for The Indiana Gazette.
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