CARL KOLOGIE: Speaker captivates crowd
May 12, 2013 2:50 AM

A dynamic, powerful and effective speaker, Robert J. Mazzuca, delivered the keynote address to a most attentive gathering Thursday at the annual Boy Scout William Penn Luncheon.

It was easy to discern that Mazzuca had just served a five-year stint as the chief Scout executive for the Boy Scouts of America, as he captivated his audience on the merits of Scouting and stated that it was “now time to reintroduce Scouting to the American people.”

A native of California, he said that he and his wife decided to settle in western Pennsylvania, a region they fell in love with while he served 10 years as the Greater Pittsburgh Council executive. After retiring last year as top Scout executive in the nation, Mazzuca and his wife now make their home in Beaver Falls.

The Patchin family, who operate the Royal Oil and Gas Corporation, were honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award that has been presented annually at the luncheon since 2001, when the late Ed Bratton was the first recipient.

Other past honorees are Cecil Spadafora, Andrew Kuzneski Jr., James C. Miller, state Sen. Don White, Rodney Ruddock, Christine Toretti, Roger J. Reschini, Steve Wolfe, Bernie Lockard Jr., David Frick and Harry Wilmoth Jr. and Dr. Ann Wilmoth.

Organizers of the luncheon stated that $33,000 was raised at the event for local Scouts.

It was also noted that Indiana’s Lockard, who made the award presentation, is the incoming president of the Laurel Highlands Council. He had previously served in that post with Penn’s Woods Council prior to the merger with the Greater Pittsburgh Council.

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Fortunately, participants in the Luther Ford/Lincoln Charity Golf Classic got in just prior to the storm that hit the area Friday afternoon.

One of the largest fields, 152 golfers, were entered in the tournament, which was won by the foursome of Pat Delaney, Jay Carmella Jr., Jack Delaney Jr. and Barre Bell.

This was the 27th annual event, one of the longest-running tournaments held in the area, and for the past five years the proceeds have been donated to Komen for the Cure.

Local breast cancer survivor Kerri Ballas, of Indiana, who also chairs the “Race for the Cure,” was a speaker at the event and thanked the golfers for their support. The event has raised more than $60,000 for the Komen for the Cure fund.

Initially, the charity supported the unemployed miners food bank. Upward of a million dollars has been donated to the various charities since the event began.

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Congratulations to Austin Jasper.

The 18-year-old senior at Indiana High School was selected as the winner of a $5,000 scholarship at the Trib Total Media Outstanding Young Citizen Awards banquet held recently.

Fifty area juniors and seniors were honored at the event for academic achievements, leadership and community service, and Jasper, the son of Ron and Paula Jasper, received the top award.

Haley Stapleton, a junior at Indiana and daughter of Wally and Becky Stapleton, was selected as one of the top 10 students and received a gold medal at the event.

Jasper is reportedly headed to the University of Notre Dame, where he will major in finance.

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