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A White Deer Tribute and So Long Troy



   A golf clap and tip of the cap to the White Deer Golf Facility, long time overseers Steve Parlante, Jamie Spencer and new GM and Head Pro Mike Kaminski. Folks from our area and beyond have been enjoying this beautiful destination for 50 years! Wow, that's a lot of mulligans. The County owned facility is a true feather in the cap of the area we call home. The public course provides great golf at a reasonable price for all.
  My Dad especially enjoyed the comfortable confines and his golf and social home away from home. White Deer was near and dear to his heart. He loved the people, the conversation and even got in some golf over the pike from Williamsport.
  His buddies Tiger Bones (Jim Herb), Ray the Gutter Guy (Ray Stahl), Cactus (John Carr), Action Mike (Mike Balzar) and Fast Freddie (Fred McKenzie) were partners in crime in more than just golf. I think they used White Deer for planning their next hijinks.
  His other group the Grasshoppers also called White Deer home. They were headed up by Mr. Dick Reitz and Mr. Bill Jones.  They traveled and I believe still do around the state playing different courses and enjoying a change in venue. No matter where the gang went to play my Dad was glad to go and enjoy the friendship but just as happy to return to White Deer for his next round of golf.
  He truly considered White Deer his home. Thanks to all that made it that special place for him and good luck on another 50 years of golf and friendship.
  Not much to talk about locally due to bad weather. My son Jimmy did see one of his favorite football players retire, Troy Polamalu number 43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jimmy dressed up as Polamalu for Halloween when he was younger complete with a long curly wig of black hair. It was one of my favorite Halloween costumes from the boys’ youth.
  When Polamalu was healthy there were none better in the NFL. He played that safety outside linebacker hybrid to perfection.  He always came up big in big games. A forced fumble, a sack, an interception. It became commonplace to expect him to make a play in the last two minutes of a game. I will also miss those Head and Shoulder commercials.
  Polamalu is a first ballot Hall of Famer and one of the NFL's good guys. He was never in trouble. He is a two-time Super Bowl champ, five-time Pro Bowler and a member of the NFL's All Decade Team for the 2000s.
  Most importantly to me he was one of Jimmy’s favorite players.
His Christmas figurine hangs on our tree every year. Michelle buys Jimmy and Hunter a Hallmark ornament of their favorite sports player each holiday season. Derek Jeter and Troy Polamalu hung next to each other this past Christmas, both have retired. This can mean just one thing, Jimmy has grown up, his childhood stars are hanging it up.