I think we had a first at this tournament since I have been running them, we had a hole in one on Sunday by Lee Hess of Post 625. Another first for me was that Bath Post 470 had a sweep of all five of the top prizes.
The winners are as follows:
Champion – Mike Schlump, Post 470
Runner – up Matt Novak, Post 470
3rd place – Perry Nardella, Post 470
4th place – Gerald Bretzik, Post 470
The medalist was Mike Schlump of Post 470.
Flight Winner Runner Up
1. Brian Discuillo, Post 158 Bill Hockenberry, Post 606
2. Ken Schwoyer, Post 217 Jim Ross, Post 566
3. Joe Foell, Post 926 Kenneth Tincher, Post 602
4. Jim Hanks, Post 594 James Laudenslager, Post 404
5. Donald Diehl Jr., Post 470 Darin Kemp, Post 217
6. Alan Bogar, Post 594 John Dewitsky, Post 413
7. Charles Walsh, Post 470 Robert Fries, Post 507
8. Thomas Haines, Post 215 Barry Auge Jr., Post 625
9. William Dennon, Post 777 E. Ray Dumas, Post 594
10. Larry Cobaugh, Post 265 Kevin Lewis, Post 413
11. Chuck Cobaugh, Post 265 Tom Diantonio, Post 926
12. Scott Ackerman, Post 470 Dave Coy, Post 215
13. Tom Elliott, Post 566 Rodney Knighton, Post 470
“The minute I saw it, my musical mind said: ‘Boy! This is a song with a lot of potential, both in terms of very meaningful lyrics and the implied harmonies,” said DR. Truman Bullard, Professor Emeritus of Music, Dickinson College.
That’s why music professor Truman Bullard accepted Jane E’del’s challenge: Finish and arrange a love song to her mother, begun by her late father while a prisoner of war in Germany.
“At one point,” said Jane E’Del, ” I know my father said to me: ‘I wish I could hear some of the things that I wrote when I was in prison camp.” Using lyrics scribbled by her dad on scraps of paper, and notes from a worn music sheet, Dr. Bullard brought to life a song that Lt. Ralph E’del wrote from his heart in 1943.
“I gave it quite a bit of time, said Bullard, ” flushing out the harmonies and thinking of ways in which we could make it sound the way he probably heard it, sitting in that POW camp.”
Ralph E’del a was a self-taught piano player who learned to write music during his 19 months of captivity. After his death in 1984, the completed work was recorded by Dr. Bullard and Jane for her mom’s 80th birthday. Jane sang for the session, but admits to being much more comfortable as principal french horn player with the Central Pennsylvania Symphony. And, Jane’s musical tribute to her dad expanded recently when Dr. Bullard arranged a full symphony version of the song, again with Jane providing the vocal.]]>
Election to the Hall of Fame is the highest honor that can be conferred on an individual for contributions to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Pennsylvania National Guard and the veterans of the Commonwealth.
The Hall of Fame Dedication was held on June 12, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Erie, PA.
The Honorees include Clare Blakeslee who has served honorable in the US Army from 1962-1965. Upon discharge from the Army, Clare attended Edinboro University of PA earning a B.S. Degree in 1973. His professional career was spent as an English teacher in the Wattsburg, PA School District.
Clare’s service to Veterans include: Post Commander in 1986-87 and was selected as Post Commander of the Year in 1987 by the Department of PA. He has been the Post Service Officer since 1984. 29th District Service Officer from 1986-2007, 29th District Commander from 1989-1991, 29th District Deputy Commander for nine years. AL Assistant Sgt at Arms 1991-1992, Western Vice Commander, Department Membership committee Chairman, Department commander 1996-1997, Assistant Department Service Officer (Erie), Operated a satellite Service Office at the Erie DVAMC. Served on the State Veterans Commission 1996-1997, President of the PA War Veterans council 1996-1997. Served as the Vice President on the PSSH Advisory Council. Clare is the two time recipient of the PA Commendation Medal. And served as the Scotland School Chairman for three years.
The second inductee is Jack Ehrhardt. Upon graduation from Frazier High School, Jack enlisted in the US Navy. He received training as a hospital Corpsman and was assigned to Fleet Marine Force training at Camp Lejeune, NC. Jack was deployed to Vietnam in January of 1968 and was attached to the First Marine Air Wing: MAG 36. On February 5, 1968 Jack and the YK-13 crew were on their 9th medevac mission of the day. His helicopter received hostile enemy fire and was shot down outside Hoe city near the HMM-364 base at Phu Bai. Jack was the sole survivor of that crash. He received the National Defense Service Medal with Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia with one Bronze Star, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Purple Heart and the Air Medal. After his lengthy recovery, Jack attended California State University where he received his undergraduate degree in Social Work. He continued on to get his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University. Jack worked at Hamot Medical Center in Behavior Health. Jack volunteered as a Vietnam Veterans RAP group counselor at the Governors Veterans Outreach Center and took over as Team Leader for the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center. Jack received the DAV Vietnam Veterans Outreach Award. Jack passed away on June 7, 2013.
The Carl Neff American Legion Post 571 posted the Colors for the event.
Pictured above is Clare receiving the Award with Barbara Raymond Commandant of the Soldiers and Sailors Home, Clare Blakeslee, BG Jerry G. Beck, Jr., Deputy Adjutant General for the VA. The second picture is of Jack Ehrhardt and Clare Blakeslee pictures alongside their awards.]]>
Who’s the new kid?
What’s his picture doing on the wall, mixed in with Pittsburgh Steelers hall-of-famers: Bradshaw, Franco and Jack Lambert, his linebacker smile as jagged as a jack-o’-lantern’s?
That’s Joshua Weunski. His folks, Tom and Robin, own the place. They bought the Pittsburgh Inn, at 3725 West Lake Road, in November. They kept the menu. But they added some of their own touches, including a photo of their 22-year-old son, who once washed dishes in the kitchen. Weunski is a sergeant in the Army. He serves with the 214th Cavalry, which is part of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division. In December, he left for Iraq. It’s his second trip.
Before we even bought this place, I told my husband, ‘I’m doing something,’” Robin Weunski says. “So many people, if they don’t have somebody over there, they don’t even think about the war anymore.”
She does. She wakes with it every day. So when her son came home, having finished his first tour in February 2005, she ran down Powell Avenue, tying yellow ribbons to every tree. And the neatest thing happened: People stopped their cars to help. That’s the other America: The one that volunteered for this, that signed up for the promise of college money or because of 9/11 and went off to fight a ghost army in some Mesopotamian dust bowl. The one with the bumper sticker that reads, “Land of the Free — Because of the Brave.”
Robin Weunski put a version of that on her cash register. She put her son on the wall, and she started talking to other war moms. “I always tell them, ‘Bring me in a picture,’” she says. And they do. So now, up there with Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mario Lemieux, there is Capt. John Klinge. There’s Capt. Matthew Frazier, a Marine, and Sgt. Justin Foster, whose brother is a frequent customer. There’s Spc. David Ash, one of 17 soldiers the Weunskis now write to. There’s a construction-paper card with a stick figure on the front. “Dear Army Soldier,” it says. “I think your mamma misses you. I wish you could come home. Please be manly. Love, Julia.”
The Weunskis plan to add to their wall of honor. There’s room for at least another dozen photos. “It means a lot to people,” Robin Weunski says. “You have no idea how many people just come up and hug me. And some of them don’t even have people over there. “It makes me cry every time.” The Weunskis are trying to honor the tradition of the Pittsburgh Inn. The black-and-gold is still in there. But the curtains are new, and they’re red, white and blue.
So the war’s over.
The 4th Stryker Brigade of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division packed its rucksacks and left Iraq on Thursday. They showed it on CNN. Robin Weunski watched from the bar at the Pittsburgh Inn. She and her husband have run the place since 2007. They’re good to veterans: If you served, your first Patriot Missile — a mix of Jim Beam, Sierra Mist, amaretto and sours, garnished with a small U.S. flag — is on the house. Weunski was happy for those kids. She has been writing to soldiers since the war started. She sends boxes of socks, foot powder and Mach 3 razors, which you can use without water. And she isn’t about to stop. “All day long, people kept saying, ‘Isn’t it great? The war is over,’” she said. “No. It isn’t.”
She’s right. The 4th Stryker group was the last formal combat brigade in Iraq, where U.S. troops have been fighting since 2003. But when they left, the tents didn’t come down: About 50,000 troops are still in Iraq, advising the locals and protecting the nation’s tenuous new infrastructure. Weunski knows this because her son, Joshua, is one of them. “If you don’t have somebody over there, you forget there’s still a war going on,” she said. “That was true even before this. “I don’t want people to forget.” Joshua Weunski is 25. He’s a forward observer for the 214th Cavalry’s Bravo Company, a part of the Army’s 25th Infantry Division. He left for Iraq on June 28. This is his third trip.
Right away, Robin Weunski started packing boxes: baby wipes, batteries, phone cards and flea collars, which the soldiers strap to their ankles. She sends them to names taken off the rosters at www.anysoldier.com. She focuses on comfort items. “If I can make just one day in their life just a little bit easier,” she said, “then it’s worth it.” She sometimes gets letters back from Iraq: thank-yous from a 137-degree desert.
Every time, they make her cry.
Rarer, but even more rewarding, are the times she gets to meet a soldier. They hear about the Pittsburgh Inn, where the hero pictures of sports stars Jaromir Jagr, Terry Bradshaw and Roberto Clemente now share wall space with photos of Spc. David K. Ash and Sgt. Albert Brown III. Weunski has hung nearly 200 military portraits. She puts a star on the frame for anyone who has actually come to the bar. She adds a tag at the bottom of the photo once the soldier is home. “One by one, they come and find me,” she said. “They say, ‘Take my picture and mark it ‘safe.’” “I like that part.”
Still, she worries about running out of space. The wall is getting crowded, and the war — CNN or not — isn’t finished. “If you served our country, you deserve a spot on my wall,” she said. “I just don’t want to put them up too high. I want people to see them.”
The Pittsburgh Inn, at 3725 West Lake Road, will offer discounts to customers who donate comfort items for deployed U.S. service personnel in the week of Sept. 5. Anyone who brings an item will get a free appetizer and a chance to win a $100 gift basket. Qualifying items include:
• – Foot powders, sprays or lotions.
• – Jell shoe inserts.
• – Flea collars.
• – Energizer lithium AA and AAA batteries.
• – Baby wipes.
• – AT&T prepaid phone cards.
• – Gillette Mach 3 razors and blades.
• – Powdered Gatorade mix.
Thank you Robin for all you do for those in the military and our veterans!]]>
The scenic ride to Marietta Legion Post Legion Post 466, returning to Dallastown American Legion Post 605 for food, refreshments, music and raffles.
Proceeds will go to the Daren Hidalgo Scholarship Fund (Dallastown Wrestling)/Dallastown JROTC and the United States WAR DOGS Association.
Any questions please contact David Dadich at 717-451-0376.
All vehicles are welcome!
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1ST PLACE – $10,000
Gerald K. Dalrymple
2nd PLACE – $2,500
Raymond A. Pilz
3rd PLACE – $1,000
Union City, PA
4th PLACE – $500
Charles Deitz, Jr.
5th PLACE – $250
Frederick M. Strassner
6th PLACE – $250
Lewis Kocher, Jr.
7th PLACE – $250
8th PLACE – $250 + $250 for being at convention
9th PLACE – $100
Abraham L. Duncan
10th PLACE – $100
Clyde L. Young
2014 SWEEPSTAKE WINNERS]]>