By R.L. McCray

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When Chip Williams blows his whistle for the final time at today's Union City's girls basketball game, it will be for the last time in his 50-year career as a basketball official. I believe he'll be working with Keith Foust, the son of former baseball legend Paul Foust. I believe Chip will continue to officiate girls volleyball matches.

Happy 44th anniversary to Augie's Pizza, and icon in Corry businesses. Thanks to Pam and Steve and the Mennen family.

The service officer, Julie Hutchison, will be at the Corry VFW Post 264 on March 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Prayers go out to 1970 Corry grad Guy Williams and his wife Sonji who live in Houston.

John Wotus, who posted some interesting St. Thomas grade school photos from way back included Sister Mary Mark. He also posted chemistry teacher Phil Legal's quote book.

Sorry to learn of the passing of 1968 Corry grad "captain" Rick Willman. He was in sales at Associated Spring before taking over the Summer Wind that did cruises and parties on Chautauqua Lake.

I was impressed to see a snake plant that is still living from 1969 when Milford William "Bill" Shrout was in the hospital. He was a policeman under Chief Frank Carnegie and was Beth Shrout's grandfather.

Belated birthday wishes to Sally Szymecki from yesterday. That was also Scooter Grice and Tracy Samlock's birthday. Emerson Beal (no. 76) and Karen Whiteley celebrate today, Janice Genco Miller tomorrow. Monday's birthdays belong to Marie Redlecki and all-star swimmer Brent Benedict.

I also missed Gary Merkle turning 30, times two.

Special thanks to Erin "the calendar girl" Passinger for her gift I received on Thursday.

At the Timberland Bait's 14th Canadohta Lake Ice Fishing Contest, Union City's Pat Burgess took first place and $400 for his 21½-inch walleye. Union City's Nick Baysek grabbed $300 for his 10¾-inch crappie and Corry's Curtis Jackson claimed $200 for his 10¼-inch perch.

Fans and donors of the Climax A-313 Restoration Project can check out the new 15-minute video created by Donnie Rosie and team covering the rescue and return of Climax A-313 this past fall. It's on the Corry RAILS site.

Payton Massey is a junior basketball player for General McLane who was in Corry earlier this week. She's Shawn Massey's daughter and the niece of Joe Frisina Jr. Shawn is a state policeman, Joe Frisina Sr. tells me.

I see that Matt Cragg is the new boys track and field head coach replacing Dale Morgenstern who left after two seasons.

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