CARL KOLOGIE: Phil was way off his mark
March 17, 2013 10:10 AM

All you have to do is step outside and it is obvious that the rodent from Gobbler’s Knob pulled a fast one on us this year.

“Hey, Phil. Those were snowflakes falling this weekend and the temps had a tough time getting out of the 20s and 30s.”

Even the bagpipers that marched in the St. Paddy’s Day Parade Saturday in downtown Indiana had a case of cold kneecaps.

So much for that early spring that the Punxs’y prognosticator promised.

Just ask Penny Perman, executive director of the Indiana County Tourist Bureau.

Penny and her husband, Tony, were in Florida recently where she was recognized at a tourism convention in Orlando.

While in the sunny South, the Permans had the opportunity to visit relatives.

They traveled to Lakeland, where they spent time with Gaynell and Blues Moore, of Homer City, who winter in that area. Then it was off to Okeechobee, where their son Justin is a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Osceola Middle School.

Penny shivered when she said, “It was great to be in sunny Florida, but not fun coming back to Pennsylvania.”

Amen to that.

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Within the past few months, two key positions in White Township opened up with the announcements of the retirement of Larry Garner, township manager, and Mel O’Keefe, township tax collector.

Both had held their respective posts for more than 20 years, 26 for Garner and 24 for O’Keefe.

Milt Lady, who served as Garner’s assistant for many years, made the easy and expected transition into the top post, but the job of tax collector is a different story, as it is an elected position.

With the growth of the township, the tax collector’s job has become very lucrative, as indicated by the 12 candidates who have filed for that position.

This will be an interesting race, and there is still a possibility of write-in candidates for those who missed the filing deadline this past week.

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Looking ahead, the Professional Disc Golf Association World Championships will be held in western Pennsylvania in 2015 from July 25 through Aug. 1.

In case you didn’t know it, among the official disc golf courses in the area is the one at Pine Ridge Park, three miles east of Blairsville, that was opened in 2010 and is operated by Indiana County Parks and Trails.

More than 400 participants are expected to compete in the national event that will be hosted by Butler and Allegheny counties, where most of the action will take place.

Championship games will be played at Knob Hill Park, Deer Lakes Park, Moraine State Park Lakeview and Slippery Rock University.

But in the wings is the course at Pine Ridge Park and another in Beaver County.

According to the Professional Disc Golf Association, 3 million to 5 million people have played disc golf on nearly 900 disc golf courses worldwide.

So, warm up that flippin’ arm, and if you need more information on the event, go to

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And to all you Irish, enjoy a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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