About Town

Insert these words into your vocabulary:

Katzenjammer – cartoon strip; or severe headache.

Macabre – grim, horrible, ghastly.

Ludicrous – laughably absurd.

Lugubrious – exaggerated mourning.

Lox – salty, smoked salmon.

Raillery – satire, teasing.

Ruck – the horses left behind by the leaders in a race.

Septennial – lasting seven years.

A shout-out to Brooke County Commissioner Norma Tarr and her retired husband, Henry. Norma attended First Choice America Credit Union’s 75th anniversary meeting.

At the same function, attended by more than 300 people, it was great to chat with Judge James Mazzone, always a polished, courteous gentleman.

Lester A. Grimes of Toronto, Ohio, said he reads our column. He was at the credit union celebration as well. Lester retired from the WSX Sheet Mill in 1993 after 33 years of service.

Mayor George Kondik was seated next to me for much of the meeting and was

considerably upbeat about development plans in the city.

Lest we forget, the slide show for First Choice America’s annual meeting, was produced by my golf buddy, Rick Smith. Betty Jo Welch of the Marketing Department was co-producer. The show was beyond excellent. It covered the credit union’s exciting 75 years of growth, community service and philanthropy, and it included photos of the people who made it happen over the years.

As it’s basketball season, here’s a good short story: there was a sign on the door of the basketball coach’s office which said, “I’m buried in paperwork, but if you can see over the transom, come on in.”

Overheard: “The bartender at the joint in our neighborhood has a split personality, and both of them are bad.”

Overheard: “That guy thinks a balanced diet is a highball in each hand.”

And you’ve heard about the sign on the proctologist’s door: “To expedite your visit, please back in.”

This was attributed to the football great Red Grange: “When you’ve got the football and 11 guys are chasing you, and you’re smart, you run. It was no big deal.”

Remember, it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile!

A week or so ago, when we were freezing, I maintained my sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh when I read this fragment of a weather report “The unwelcome incursion of the polar vortex: that is a frigid pool of air that normally spins over the Arctic. Unwelcome is the correct word! Let it spin up north, not here!

About Town

Some neat words to add to your vocabulary:

Austerity – -tightened economy, shortages.

Disfranchise – to deprive of a privilege.

Disingenuous – not candid or frank.

Dossier – a collection of documents.

Encomium – hymn to a victor; eulogy.

Farrier – a man who shoes horses.

Fiat – order issued by legal authority; let it be done.

Hypothesize – to assume, suppose.

Otiose – idle, indolent, useless.

Sciatica – painful condition in hip, thigh region.

For the third year, the Tailgate Party benefiting the Weirton United Way was a downright rocking, fun-filled evening of fun. A huge crowd of football fans and supporters of the charity celebrated at the spacious Serbian-American Culture Center.

Most patrons wore the jerseys of their favorite gridiron teams. The bar was busy. The food was plentiful and delicious. There was lots of chatter and laughter of people having a great time looking over the merchandise up for sale to help the charity.

You could buy tickets in hopes of winning one of the exceptionally nice donated baskets of merchandise on tables lining the perimeter of the hall – one basket contained golf balls from Air Force One!

A lucky patron won $1,500 worth of gas, courtesy of the major sponsors of the event, First Choice America Credit Union and WTOV-TV.

All in all, a glitzy party with exceptional energy, great attendance and, in the end, very meaningful financial support for our United Way agencies which assist the hungry and the needy in our city.

Great quote: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky, hockey great.

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra.

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington.

A hat tip to Dave Snodgrass of Riverview Drive, who let us know that he enjoys reading About Town. Dave works part time for Clayton Engineering and plays golf in season.

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized? I do that repeatedly. Do you?

Regarding age: Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, yet the youngest you’ll ever be, so go to a Weirton-area restaurant and celebrate!

The four most important words in any organization are “What do you think?” according to a document I read. I would not disagree.

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.” – Aristotle.

Somewhere I read that the law of gravity is this: Any nut, tool, bolt, or screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Good point by a speaker at a Rotary meeting: “There are two kinds of companies: those that are competitive and those that are closed.”

A neat description of public relations: It’s the fine art of making sure that something is no sooner done than said.

Among the old rules for good writing: master the simple declarative sentence; write to be understood, not to impress.