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CARL KOLOGIE: Waiting for spring

by on May 04, 2014 1:50 AM

How long does this lousy weather hang on?

Here we are on the verge of Cinco de Mayo and I have yet to see the sun since returning from the South.

Fortunately, on my return trip I kept ahead of the Tuesday storms that dumped tons of water on the South and then worked their way north.

Hopefully, the real spring weather will kick in soon.

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Gas prices sure do vary from state to state.

They ranged from

$3.23 to $3.85 per gallon. In the area just south of Orlando, where we were staying in Florida, the price of gas was $3.67 and had peaked for a few weeks at $3.75.

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Friday I had the opportunity to visit with and speak to local high school students at the Gazette’s annual School News reporters’ luncheon at the Rustic Lodge.

Students and their faculty sponsors from Indiana County schools were treated by the Gazette for their work in producing the school news that appears every Friday throughout the school year.

It was approximately in the mid-’50s when “Schools and Scribes” first appeared in the Gazette. Students have been reporting the news from their respective schools since then and it without a doubt is a well-read section of the newspaper.

But we did learn on Friday that the Purchase Line High School marching band just returned from Orlando, where they marched in the parade at Walt Disney World.

Reporters from the school explained this happening was too late to make the final reports for the year that appeared the day of the luncheon.

Rebecca Singer of the Gazette newsroom coordinates the school news section and presented certificates of appreciation to the school reporters and their advisers.

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Although the weather in western Pennsylvania is still not the greatest to hit the golf links, courses are open and leagues are now under way.

While in Florida I had the opportunity to join with a group of golfers from the Greensburg area, and one of them was Bruce Miller.

Miller recently became a co-owner of the Glengarry Golf Links, just off Route 982 not far from Latrobe.

The 6,142-yard, par 69 course — from the long tees — was designed by

co-owner Gary Neese, the course manager.

Jamie Costic is the club pro.

Miller is excited about

his new venture, and anyone interested in playing the course may call (724) 423-4653 for tee times or visit

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Congratulations to Charles A. “Chuck” Spadafora, who will be honored by the Laurel Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America with the Distinguished Citizen Award.

This honor will be presented Friday at the William Penn Luncheon that will be held at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex beginning with a reception at 11:20 a.m.

In 2002, his father, Cecil Spadafora, received the award, making this the first father-son team so honored.

Last year the Patchin family received the award.

The first recipient was the late Ed Bratton in 2001.

Reservations to the event will be accepted by calling the Laurel Highlands Council in Ebensburg at (814) 471-1090.

Carl Kologie is a columnist for The Indiana Gazette.
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