By R.L. McCray

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We lost a couple of special ladies over the weekend with the passing of Rose Amoroso and Sister Domenica DeLeo. Rosie was one of mom's closest friends. When I was young, I spent a lot of time at the Amorosos when they lived on the corner of Spring and Church Street. I recall trips to the drive-in with the Cindy and Joann, my sister Teri and the mothers who made popcorn and the Saegertown pop from A&B Distributing.

Sister Domenica was a mainstay as the principal for 22 years at St. Thomas School through 1989. She was the last religious principal at the school and though she could be tough, she was highly respected by her many students who still speak highly of her. Some said that her obit picture is the first time they’ve ever seen her without wearing her habit.

We also lost Alan Vanderhoff, who lived across the street from me my high school years. He became a phenomenal singer heading the St. Thomas Church choir and he was the music director at the school.

I see that Rod McCray used his "rod and reel" to land a shark on his trip to Panama City, Florida.

Geaux Tigers. That's what LSU fans Kathleen (Cruz) Spinazzola and Jim Black are saying over the national championship.

The Corry Girls Softball Boosters will hold their 2020 gun raffle on Jan. 25 at the Corry Moose Club. Doors open at 6 p.m., the drawings starting at 7 p.m. There are nine guns (from C&H Sports) to be awarded plus $175 cash prize. You must be 21 to attend. The donation is $10 and tickets are available at The Corry Journal.

Funeral director Cassi Brigham’s birthday is today, hopefully no leg wrestling to celebrate. Yesterday was Haleigh Burlew’s 18th birthday. She was homecoming queen and is the CAHS wrestling scorekeeper and PA announcer. Bowl-Aire’s Steve Holton is a year older tomorrow. Steve thanks his sister, Diane Andriacchi, who helped renovate his bedroom at his new home on Wayne Street.

I see Lucas Marsh has turned 44.

Mary Beth and Roger Minnick celebrated their anniversary and it was their daughter Amanda’s birthday on Monday.

Tonight at the Moose Club is a cash bingo with doors opening at 5 p.m., the first games at 6 p.m. Proceeds support St. Thomas Church June 2020 Youth Mission Trip to assist the elderly and needy with home repair and restoration projects.

Many residents have told me about the high winds over the weekend that sounded like a tornado. Utility man Shawn Smith sure was busy.

Nice to see Corey Rhodes at the Clymer basketball game on Tuesday night.

Terry and Taree Hamilton haven’t used their snowmobiles in two years — so they are probably for sale. Others may be in the same boat with so little snow this winter. That will change over the next few days.

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