Birthday wishes to Malachi Gress on April 15; Sally Gress and Sally Sowers, April 17; Joseph Beidler, April 15; April Hawbaker, Carl Peck, Clyde Hull, Lois Linke, Randy Seville and Marsha Ray Fetsko, April 16; Darlene Snyder, April 17; Jim Novak, April 19; Steve Weller and Roger Skvarka, April 19; Tina Gress, Delores Christian and Wendy Sipes, April 20; Roy Divens, April 20; Beverly Foster, April 21; and Rodney Peck, 11 years old on April 18.
Belated congratulations to Mark Mellott for being chosen Coach of the Year by the Public Opinion. Mark is the coach of the girls basketball team at Southern Fulton. The Lady Indians finished third in the District 5 Class A and advanced to states. His career record is 226-92 in 12 seasons.
Congratulations to Deb Welsh, who received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from North Central University.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Big Cove Tannery had a successful hoagie and pie sale on Saturday, an annual event.
Public Opinion weekly honor roll student-athletes were Jacob Ashkettle, Southern Fulton track; Kolby Buterbaugh, Forbes Road baseball; Derek Younker, Southern Fulton baseball; and Cooper McGarvey, Chambersburg soccer.
Justin Hudson continues to improve, staying with his mother, Diane, in an apartment in Hummelstown. Family relatives recently visited with them. He was on the show “The Doctors” on Tuesday, March 30, and made the front page of the Harrisburg Patriot News. He is getting daily care from his mother.
Dayton and Kim Tweedy attended opening day baseball last Monday to see the Phillies defeated the Nationals.
Sympathy goes out to the family of Harry Mellott, who passed away over the weekend.
Quotable quotes: Heros and winners aren’t the same thing.
It happened this week: The “Indian Princess” Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia in 1614. Direct descendants of the couple through their only son, Thomas, include the polar explorer Admiral Richard Byrd and First Lady Nancy Reagan.
Country shortcuts: Instead of thank-you notes for kids birthday parties, take a photo of all the children and make reprints of it. They are less expensive and more personal.
Guy Truax was surprised by his wife and family on his 80th birthday on Saturday with a dinner in Hagerstown and cake and ice cream in the home of Leon and Patty Mellott, with 66 family members attending, including one great-great-grandchild.
Jim Chamberlain remains a patient in Conemaugh Hospital and is slowly improving.