How cold was it?
Well, if you hit a ball in the water on No. 7, it would skid and bounce across onto the green.
Actually, there was no ice on the water, but I did hit a skipper onto the green at the 28th annual Mario Luther Charity Golf Classic held Friday at the Indiana Country Club that brought quite a chuckle to the other members of the foursome.
It was almost too cold to play golf, but some just threw on another layer of clothes and continued play.
No one won a car and there was no payoff at the Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout, but the big winner was the Indiana Regional Medical Center’s M. Dorcas Clark, M.D., Women’s Imaging Center, the tournament’s charity of choice this year.
Speaking at the dinner following the event, on behalf of the Women’s Imaging Center, were Heather Reed, executive director the Indiana Healthcare Foundation; Sue Majoris. RN, who spoke on the center’s services and programs; and Judy Sipos, RN, a breast cancer survivor. All are employed at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
Chris Hoke, a retired defensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, also spoke briefly.
Hoke, who said he has lost 70 pounds since playing in a backup role as nose tackle to Casey Hampton, continues to do public relations work for the Steelers and quite often appears on the Pittsburgh television scene.
Always flashing a wide grin, the personable Hoke made the rounds on a golf cart with Mario chatting with players during the event.
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Thursday evening the Indiana Country Club showed off its new look at the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours.
The remodeling project at ICC, reportedly estimated at $500,000, included significant changes in the grill and dining room, the large banquet room and the men’s locker room.
A smaller horseshoe bar is now included at one end of the long bar in the grill room and a fireplace separates the dining area from the grill room. Large picture windows looking out on the golf course give the grill room, dining room and large banquet room a much brighter appearance. All in all, the entire remodeling effort certainly enhances the overall appearance of the club.
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A personal congratulations to longtime friend Marvin Mensch on his retirement from Indiana First Bank.
Marv served as senior vice president for sales and marketing at the bank, where he had been employed for the past six years. He had been in the banking business in Indiana since 1984 and has also been greatly involved in the community, along with his wife Kathy, serving with the United Way of Indiana County.
His daughter, Debbie Mensch Crawford, was employed for a short time as a reporter at The Indiana Gazette prior to taking on a position at Allegheny General Hospital, where she served as marketing project manager.
All the best to Marv in his retirement.
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Just a reminder on the birthday party scheduled for Jimmy Stewart at the museum on Philadelphia and Ninth streets at noon Tuesday, his 106th birthday.
Light refreshments will be served followed by a film rarely seen at the museum that is narrated by Johnny Carson. All are invited.