OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. — This was our last stop on the way home, or back to the cold, snow, rain and cloudy skies that are the trademark of Indiana County.
Hopefully, today will mark the official end of the lingering winter season and the temperatures at least will stay above the 60-degree mark.
Saturday it was almost 70 at Ocean Isle Beach, which is just a few miles north of Myrtle Beach.
My brother Frank and I stopped here for a few days on the way home from Lake Wales, Fla., at the invite of Clark Grosch, a retired teacher and former head basketball coach at Indiana High.
Ocean Isle is just about a midway point en route back to western Pa.
It is just a stone’s throw from Myrtle Beach, one of the most popular summer vacation spots on the East Coast, and also know at the “Shag Capital” of the world.
Hopefully, we are bringing the sunshine and warmer temperatures back to Pa.
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Last week we had a chance meeting with the head baseball coach at Ft. Meade High School.
Two foursomes that included Hugh McKee and Abe Grove, of Indiana, and former Indiana Countian Charley Wanchism, had just returned from a course near Kissimmee.
We stopped at a sports bar in Winter Haven when we were approached by a gentleman who noticed the Steelers golf attire some of us were wearing.
He asked if we were from Pittsburgh and then told us, to our amazement, that he was Andrew McCutcheon’s baseball coach when the Pirates star played at Ft. Meade High School, which was only several miles from where we were staying at Lake Wales.
He couldn’t say enough about McCutcheon, praising the rising Major League superstar as not only “the best baseball player I have ever coached,” but also one of the most respectful young men he has been associated with.
“He is fine young gentleman,” stated the coach.
And, of course, we were all glad to hear his comments about the Pirates’ centerfielder.
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It has been a real rollercoaster ride with the gas prices in the South.
On our way south in January we saw gas priced as low at $3.29.
Then, prices leaped to as high as $3.75 at some Florida gas stations.
Prices are on the decline and in South Carolina we paid $3.38 on Friday.