By R.L. McCray

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Lance "Champ" Pledger was one of a kind, an inspiration to many Corry High School graduates. He was a great teacher and coach with a warm smile for anyone and everyone he met. His enthusiasm was second to none. He loved talking about Big Foot, Sasquatch and so many other topics. I saw him running up Spring Street hill many, many times carrying a gallon of milk and other grocery items. He'd come into The Journal to pay for his subscription and I think his dentist and doctor were still here in Corry. He certainly will not be forgotten.

Also, sympathy to the family and friends of Dorothy Wotus. She was quite a lady and was a member of the last graduating class of St. Edward (St. Thomas) School in 1950. I remember seeing her and Gerri Cragg with cheerleader pompoms wishing the Corry volleyball team good luck as the bus was leaving for a tournament. I saw her son John on Thursday at the church. He's still a track and swimming official and did one cross-country meet this fall. He and I played on the St. Thomas baseball team coached by his father Abbey Wotus along with Father John Lucas.

Move the Mountain Food Drive is at Sander's Markets today until 5 p.m. For $5 you can buy a bag of groceries to donate to the Corry Area Food Pantry. They are collecting donations of nonperishable food or money.

My sympathy to Jason Eastman on the passing of his special dog, Zeus.

It was an awesome turnout at the Nickerson benefit last Sunday at the VFW. The parking lot was packed. The chili cook-off was a big success. David Corry took first place, Fork & Barrel second and Fat Monn's Grub third. Stephanie Pondel won the 50-50 but donated it back to the family. It was great to see the surrounding area come together for an important cause.

There is no in-person raffle for Corry Kids Wrestling because of the virus, but there is an online raffle planned for Nov. 18. There are 10 guns and eight cash prizes. Tickets are available at Corry Beverage at $10 each or three for $20.

Bring your pet to the Corry VFW pavilion for a photo with Santa today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Those attending are asked for either a $10 monetary donation or pet supplies. There should be some pets there for adoption.

Congrats to Matt Patterson who is now Dr. Patterson making his wife Bethany proud.

Sending prayers to Jim Becker and Aaron Murphy.

Leroy Babcock said that he was so upset with the recent election that he's moving out of the country, he's moving to Florida.

Melvin Baccus is 83 years young today. Zac Shopene and Allison Williams celebrated yesterday. Celebrating today are Vicki Melnichak, Bill Willis, Lanny Fitch, Bill Proctor, Rhonda May and Joe Catalfu. Monday’s birthdays go to Mike Comitz, Pam Brown, Richard Skalos and Sarah VanTassel (Marshall's mom).

The Corner Bar & Grill is back open this weekend.

Finally, this is the quote from Meadville's Journey Brown now that his Penn State football career is over: “I didn't expect to make it this far, it's about Journey, not the destination.”

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