Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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January 2, 2014

Pat Smith: Congratulations, Pirates!

Three things today: First, I want to congratulate the Greensburg Pirates team and their coaches for winning the Hall of Fame Tourney in New Castle.

David Fry said it better than I can, “Just playing in the prestigious Hall of Fame classic is an accomplishment since invitations are extended to only some of the best teams in the state. To win the event is yet another honor and to represent the community well is a source of pride! Greensburg was the smallest school with the largest crowd and the best team!”

Second, I saw Cheryl Schroeder Hosmer at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport Sunday. She now lives in Michigan and has edited several books, some about Steve McQueen. Cheryl told me that she is writing a book now – not editing but writing it herself. I won’t tell you more right now but it’s about someone many of you know. I’m excited for her but I did have a feeling that she had what it takes to success – self discipline.

Mike Gasper and I enjoyed reminiscing about the time I had him and a couple of others on my WTRE program “Chat with Pat.” I taped them but when playing it back nothing was on the tape. I still remember the awful sound of silence but Mike was so gracious I recovered.

Third - Last May I wrote that Tom Imel, service officer for the American Legion Post 129, wanted everyone to be aware of what was happening, or could happen, to those stationed at Camp Lejeune for more than 30 days during the years from Jan. 1, 1957 through Dec. 31, 1987.

Unfortunately, for many years the camp’s water supply was deadly and those stationed there could have been exposed to drinking water that was contaminated with chemicals that could lead to deadly diseases.

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