By R.L. McCray

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Corry grad Chuck Shamburg is going to the Cotton Bowl today to watch Penn State. Chuck, who is a PSU grad and whose father Art ran the Fair Store for many years on Center Street, says there are some advantages to living in Texas.

Gary Zajac did something bowling in the John Woodard Classic League that he had not done in 60 years — he tossed a gutter ball. We used to call it "man overboard."

Congrats to Kaylyn Whiteley-Nichols on her promotion to branch manager at the PNC Bank in Youngsville. Kaylyn holds CAHS girls soccer records for goals in a season (28) and in a career (60).

Sorry I missed Rev. Charlie Burton who was in town last week. I'm told he did a great job at the funeral for Jim Diehl. He studied Theology for four years at Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Glad that Angie Burlew got to spend Christmas at home. Get well soon. You are missed by all your Journal family. Sympathy to the family and friends of Deb Gates and Richard “Dick” Marrs, Joe's father.

Thanks to LJ Frisina for this info: the first, and only time that Corry beat Meadville in basketball was in 1977, 71-70, in overtime. The Bulldogs had been 50-0 against the Beavers.

That team, coached by Jim Gruca, had a big St. Thomas connection with LJ and Steve Frisina, Mike Miller and Mike Cragg.

Logan Saborsky has turned 21. Rob Howles, Andy Jackman and Dr. John Kozik had birthdays Thursday, Dawson Schwabenbauer and Chan Cummings on Friday. Celebrating today are Kate Carroll and Bob Graves. Sunday’s day belongs to Brenda Williams Nichols. Phil Catlafu’s special day is Monday along with Holly Horton. New Year’s Eve babies are Lucas Marsh, Dave Hinsdale, Steve Grice and Corry swim coach Doug Gerould.

I heard that there was a fantasy football victory parade on Carter Hill celebrating Dan Crawford’s repeat championship in the Lutton League.

The Fork & Barrel has a special menu for New Year's Eve serving 4-9 p.m. with a countdown to midnight.

Corry's Moose Club No. 98 is holding a New Year's Eve Bash from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

I saw Brandon Elchynski at Monday's basketball game. He's on crutches after his knee surgery and his freshman season at LaRoche College came to an end.

A new name and a familiar one sit atop the final 2019 UPMC Chautauqua Runner of the Year Series standings. Corry grad and former coach Shawn Wiler claimed the men’s running series with 11 victories and one second-place finish to secure his first runner-of-the-year title with 100 points.

Clayton and Avalon Duink, Clymer’s royal couple, celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary today. Anything new? Email me at

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