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Thursday, March 31, 1960   Vol. C770



East Farewell – There is no stopping a man or a woman who is a “Griller” A “Griller” can be defined as a person who will take any opportunity, no matter what the weather or time of day, the fire up the outdoor grill and cook some fresh food on the old bar-b-que. Several of the courageous band of grillers set up early on Saturday morning on the Lakefront Plaza and were soon joined by many other grillers, supporters and spectators. The Plaza was still covered with green snow shamrocks and some remaining snow sculptures. This did not faze any of the grillers. They just pushed the snow out of the way and set up their grills. “I don’t mind the green snow, I just look out for the yellow snow, know what I mean?” laughed long time griller and ad-hoc leader of the “Winter Grilling Group” a non-registered and unfunded group of like-minded townspeople, Jimmy Drake. Drake was the small griller winner of the summers Bar-B-Que Cookoff and has been a leader in the grilling community.

            Along with Drake, who set up early on Saturday, were several folks who had a long history of grilling on the Plaza. Missy Waller, local restaurant owner and past judge of the Cookoff was there with her husband and new baby. Joey O’Shea was also there but he did not grill his famous venison, he stuck to pork ribs but they were exceptional. Unfortunately, none of the “big grillers” from out of town, who are always a big hit at the summer event, attended the winter event. “This was kind of an impromptu gathering and we did not even get in touch with Davey, Chuckie or the Sextans although I think they would have made an effort to come up if we had told them about it. They love this place,” said Drake when asked about the lineup.

            The cookout went on all day and into the evening and the Plaza was full almost all day. Charles Wenz, owner of the Lost Oasis restaurant and bar, set up a small grill and several tables and chairs and along with most of the other grillers they served eager spectators. There was no official judging like the summer but there was a lot of talk among the spectators that Missy Waller’s special sauce covered ribs was the favorite. Waller is the proprietor of a very popular restaurant in town and most people were very familiar with her dishes. “I was not expecting anything, I just want to get out and have some fun. This is so much fun,” said Waller in the evening when things were getting cleaned up.

            The cookout went on until late Saturday night with many people hanging around a controlled bonfire built in the middle of the Plaza. Many young people showed up with guitars, banjos and harmonicas and there was quite a hootenanny going on at 9:30PM. The whole Plaza was cleared by Sunday morning and not a trace of green snow was to be found.

Winter Grill-fest 1960



East Farewell – The Cougars pulled off a bit of an upset on Friday as they out dueled the Corning Devils to win the league championship, 52-50. The Devils were favored even though the teams split their matchups during the regular season. The Devils were coming in riding a four game winning streak that pushed them into the championship game. The Cougars were reeling after dropping their final game against the Mountainview Miners. The hometown crowd was a definite bonus for the Cougars and the fact that the Devils had to travel almost an hour to get to the game may have had a little effect on the game.

            The tip-off was an indication of the intensity that the game would have. Both Centers, Hawkins for the Cougars and Jerry Manzi the Devils, collided going up for the tip and both double slapped at the ball and hit each other knocking themselves off balance. The ball fell to the floor and both centers followed. There was a scum for the ball and it was batted out the Mack Mackenzie who was able to control it and pass it off to Mitchell who then set up the offense. Meanwhile, both centers were still on the ground and had started wrestling. The referee quickly broke up the skirmish and called two fouls. This was before the first shot had been taken. Both teams went to the benches and the coaches had a talk with all of the players. This seemed to cool things down and both teams took the floor and started over. For the rest of the first half there was a defensive battle. Both teams pressed, double teamed and aggressively rebounded but neither scored much. The first half end tied at 26 all.

            The second half was different. Both teams came out playing fast and loose. There was a lot of quick passing and a lot of running and shooting but this time the ball went in. At one point Mack Makenzie drove to the basket and started to go under the backboard but stumbled. He then twisted in the most uncomfortable looking way and threw the ball at the basket. The ball somehow rolled up and over the rim and fell through. Mackenzie ended up on the floor and play was stopped. That score exemplified the play in the second half, wide open and flat out. The lead changed hands seven times in the second half and with 10 seconds left the score tied at 50 the Cougars called their last timeout. They set up their inbounds play with Hawkins about ten feet in and Mitchell throwing it in. Tasker set up in between the two and using the height advantage of the “Big Three” Mitchell was able to lobe the ball into Hawkins who immediately pivoted and tossed the ball to a streaking Fox down the court. Fox was able to control the ball, fake past the last Devil defender, Frankie Steele, and drive in for a perfect layup. As the ball fell through the buzzer sounded and the Cougars won the game 52-50 and were the league champion with a 10-5 season and their first championship since 1955.



Four students at St. Mary's University, Texas, Orion Knox, Jr., Al Brandt, Preston Knodell and Jo Cantu, discovered the Natural Bridge Caverns in Comal County, Texas. It is thought to be the largest known cave system in that state.

The last regularly scheduled service in America, of a passenger train powered by a steam engine, took place when Grand Trunk Western Railroad ran a steam locomotive for the last time, on a route between Detroit and Durand, Michigan.

In the United States, five thousand black Americans marched through Baton Rouge, the state capital of Louisiana, in protest over discrimination at lunch counters and arrests of protesters by the police.

A state of emergency was proclaimed in South Africa by Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd at 3:00 a.m., nine days after the Sharpeville Massacre, and the government began arresting dissidents. On the same day, thirty thousand black South Africans marched through Cape Town in protest of the pass laws, the massacre, and the arrest of black leaders.

Many, many thanks to www.mrpopculture.com for contributing to this section of the East Farewell News.


Published by JD Carroll

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