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CARL KOLOGIE: Rubber ducky deflated

by on October 27, 2013 1:40 AM

One of the highlights — at least for me — of the Penns Manor-Homer Center football game Friday evening was the hot chocolate at halftime. It helped to fight off the cold.

An estimated crowd of at 3,000 braved the frigid temperatures and saw a very entertaining game with the outcome on the line until late in the fourth quarter, when the host Wildcats jumped out to a two-touchdown lead.

This was high school football at its best. Both teams can hold their heads high and are to be commended for their efforts, no matter what the final score. And the possibility does exist that these two teams could meet again somewhere down the line in the District 6 playoffs.

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I got a first-hand look at the huge rubber duck in Pittsburgh last Sunday.

Along with Ralph Wingrove, Chris Guerrieri and Joe Medvetz, we went to the Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens game and were distracted by the duck before the start of the game.

The lovable duck was docked at Point Park, and we were amazed at the large crowd it had attracted. So, of course, we got out our cameras and cellphones and, like everyone else, took a lot of shots of the inflated yellow crowd-pleaser, which was soon to be deflated. We saw a good game that went down to the wire, with the Steelers winning on a field goal as time ran out.

How about this story from the game:

No one left the game until the Steelers kicked a field goal with time running out and then everyone made a run for the exits.

Just as he got to an exit, an Indiana County fan, who shall remain nameless (but is from Clymer), remembered he left his cellphone in a cup holder at his seat.

There was no way to fight through the crowd streaming toward the exit, so he did the next best thing and started climbing over seats.

To his amazement, the phone was still there, and he went home a happy camper with a Steelers victory and cellphone in hand.

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Jesse Sharp, who played the lead role in the musical “The Addams Family” last week at the IUP’s Fisher Auditorium, was outstanding as Gomez Addams, the father of the family. The musical played before a full house.

The singing and dancing by this off-Broadway cast was very well done and it was a very entertaining evening. The next scheduled event for the Ovation series is the Koresh Dance on Nov. 7 at Fisher.

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This week the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours was held at Wyotech in Blairsville, where tours of the facility were conducted throughout the evening.

Upward of 1,000 students are currently enrolled at the Blairsville campus, which opened its doors in 2002. As many as 1,700 students in a school year have enrolled at the campus that specializes in automotive and collision/refinishing training.

Wyotech also employs more than 120 teachers and staff at the Blairsville campus. The diesel technology program is one of the newer courses offered and has a 100 percent placement rate, according to school officials.



Carl Kologie is a columnist for The Indiana Gazette.
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