It was a long, and cold, ride back to Indiana from the sunny South.
It was long because an accident on I-77, near Rocky Gap, Va., brought both lanes of northbound traffic to a complete standstill for an hour and a half, or more, and it was cold because I had really become accustomed to those 83-plus degree temperatures in Florida.
Saturday morning I scraped snow off my car and ice from the windshield and knew I had come back way too soon.
Now I understand why the real snowbirds don’t come north until the end of March, and some stay until the end of April.
At least I did get in a couple games of really enjoyable golf last week with former Indiana residents Tom and Cindy Harkless, who now are permanent residents of Daytona Beach.
Due to the leftover Daytona 500 fans, getting a tee time Wednesday, which is normally not a problem, took about a dozen phone calls.
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Sorry to learn of the death of McIntyre native Ann Setlock, a former professional bowler who lived most of her life in the Detroit area.
Ann was in the first class of Indiana County Hall of Fame inductees in 1984.
Her list of accomplishments in professional bowling is endless.
But to name a few, she was a member of the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, the Michigan Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame, the Detroit Bowling Hall of Fame and the Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.
Ann joined the Women’s Pro Bowlers Tour in 1960 and remained active until a back injury suffered in the mid-’70s ended her career.
During her storied career with the WPBT, she bowled 12 sanctioned 700 series and averaged 223. She also qualified for five All-Star tournaments.
In a story that appeared in the Gazette when she was inducted into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame, she said she always considered McIntyre as “home.”
She stated, “This bowling game has taken me to every state with the exception of Alaska and Maine. And if it wasn’t for bowling I might still be working there (McIntyre.)”
“You know, coming from a coal mining town, it’s hard to believe what I’ve accomplished. It’s also hard to believe it when I see myself in the newspapers and on TV.
It shows that people from small towns can be a success.”
Ann was inducted on May 27, 1984, before a packed house at the Omni Convention Center in White Township.
Other professionals in that class included Billy Hunter, former manager of the Texas Rangers; Steve Demeter, who played with the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians; and James “Bo” Nance, who starred as a runner with the Boston Patriots, now the New England Patriots.
Both Setlock, Feb. 18, and Demeter, Feb. 3, passed away last month.
Among her local relatives was the late Ed “Buddy” Setlock, a former athletic director at Apollo-Ridge.