CARL KOLOGIE: Jimmy's daughter a trooper
Living in Indiana is truly a “Wonderful” way of life.
Fortunately, with this space at my disposal, I am in a position to publicly express my gratitude to the Jimmy Stewart Foundation Board of Directors, all those who attended the event Nov. 23 and everyone for the past few weeks who extended congratulatory notes or shout-outs on my being a recipient of the George Bailey Award.
It was truly a humbling experience and one of the greatest honors bestowed on this old guy from Saltsburg. I am sure that my friend and fellow honoree, Carson Greene, felt the same way, and I also congratulate him, and the Indiana County Tourist Bureau, which was similarly honored.
That said, let me relate an experience on Sunday afternoon when Pauline Simms, the museum board president, and I were driving Judy Stewart to the airport near Pittsburgh for her return flight to Santa Barbara, Calif.
I hit a pothole on Route 380 in Washington Township and the shield that protects the radiator and front of the engine from stones, etc., came loose and was dragging on the highway.
We pulled over to the side, and I looked under the vehicle and saw nothing. The sound got worse so I pulled over again, and this time Judy got out of the car, got down on her hands and knees and spotted the problem.
She said that this had happened on her vehicle and all we needed was a knife and some duct tape to take care of it. She is a real trooper.
I stopped at the Sheetz store in Holiday Park and pulled up next to two gentlemen in a pickup truck.
When I told them our plight, they immediately got under the car, looked at the problem and within a half-hour had it resolved.
We, of course, thanked them, but they refused to take any compensation for their efforts, even though we were very insistent.
For the remainder of the trip to the airport our conversation, naturally, was on the good Samaritans who gave us a helping hand.
We read and hear so often of all the crime, violence and just plain “bad” things that happen in today’s world, but we don’t often hear of all the “good guys” that are still around us.
Wherever you are: Thanks, guys; you made our day.
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Tuesday evening the Boosters Club honored the Indiana High School football team at a banquet, which has been an annual event for the past 66 years.
Gene Nance, now living in Murrysville, was the featured speaker. Most of his talk was dedicated to his brother, the late James “Bo” Nance, who recently had a street in Indiana renamed in his memory.
Another brother, Drew, who recently retired as a chiropractor in Indiana, presented a framed Boston Patriots jersey to the school. This jersey, along with a high school replica jersey and possibly one from Syracuse University, where he played college football, will find a prominent home at the high school, where students will be reminded of the accomplishments of the greatest athlete in the history of the school.