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CARL KOLOGIE: Kois on the move

by on November 03, 2013 2:50 AM

Richie Kois is on the move again.

Indiana County’s Polka King left for the state of Washington in mid-September and is finally enjoying a few days at his home in Center Township as he performed with Ray Jay and The Carousels at the Fall Polka Fest at Seven Springs Resort on Friday and with The Trel Tones on Saturday.

Richie, whose specialty is the trumpet but who also plays the clarinet and bass, and is a vocalist as well, had a busy schedule out West, where he performed in Alameda, San Francisco and South Lake Tahoe in California, as well as Nevada.

Heading back to the Homer City area he also played at stops in Nebraska, Illinois, New York (including Brooklyn) and New Jersey.

According to his busy schedule he will entertain on a Caribbean Polka Cruise that sails next week and finish off the year with December bookings in Cleveland, Buffalo and several closer-to-home venues.

In case you don’t recall, Kois had been nominated for four polka Grammys in past years when playing with Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones and the Canadian band John Gora & Gorale. His trips to the awards in Los Angeles are now a thing of the past as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Scences decided to eliminate the category of best polka albums and lumped the polka artists in the folk music category.

And as Richie once said, this is indicative of the decline in polka music as the younger generation is showing little interest in this type of ethnic music.

His wife, Patty, works in the production department at the Gazette.

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What a display!

If you didn’t see the fireworks on Thursday night, you missed one of the most colorful, loud, beautiful, loud, magnificent, loud, impressive displays in the history of Mack Park. Did I mention that it was loud?

When White Township Supervisor Jerry Boucher said it would probably be “the biggest fireworks display the area has ever seen,” he wasn’t kidding.

The grand finale was just spectacular and the noise sounded like we were under attack by an enemy artillery barrage. If the weatherman would have cooperated, I’m sure Mack Park would have been packed to the hilt for this pyrotechnic presentation.

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It was a real shot in the arm.

Last weekend I drove up to the Indiana Regional Medical Center, stuck my left arm out the window and received a drive-by flu shot. How easy was that?

Organizers stated everything worked smoothly at the three clinics.

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Fly like a bird and soar like an eagle.

Not to brag … but I am.

Although I didn’t see it from my angle, I recorded an eagle on the par 5 16th hole at Chestnut Ridge Golf Course last Wednesday when my third shot, about 165 yards away, hit the two-tiered green, rolled up the hill and back down into the hole. My partner, Henry Minich, and I didn’t see it from our angle, but our opponents, John Ogden and Scott Winters, watched it go in the hole.

And a sad ending to this story, Minich fired up a nine and we lost the hole.

Carl Kologie is a columnist for The Indiana Gazette.
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