Taking the gang out to the ball game

This is the first time in seven years that Lamont and I were able to bring a large number of our family to the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times Community Day baseball game at PNC Park on June 28.

The game was the Mets vs. the Pirates, even though the conclusion was not to our liking. It was shady and comfortable where we were seated and quite easy getting out of our front row to hit the concession stands many times because we liked the “help yourself for free” food.

In our McCoy gang of seven, I was the only true Pirates fan. Amber and Jessie turned down offers to wear Pirates baseball caps, citing “hat hair,” while Matthew willingly put one on his head, even if he did wear it backwards. The Pirates shirt I brought for someone to wear was too big for Matthew and too small for Jay. So much for that. Lamont pleaded the necessity to wear a patriotic hat, so he wore one with an Air Force insignia. And you don’t mess with Margaret about wearing something she doesn’t want – so I took her silence as a “no” right away.

My family pleased me greatly by not joining with the booing of a fan directly behind me who kept doing that each time the Pirates did something well. And they even clapped for my team on occasion.

I kept slipping down to the concession area to see if there was anybody I knew so I could snap a few photos but we must not have been on the same wave length. After about six visits, I got what I was looking for.

I kept running into Mike McElwain and Fred Rossano and eventually was able to corner Fred’s son, Jonathan, for a picture. Like us, father and son had come straight to the game from a Belmont County baseball tournament game.

The McCoy van was cruising toward Pennsylvania in a hurry after Matthew had completed a tournament game in Lewis Center. I think a few speed limits were broken along the way, but we did manage to miss the cut-off for the Andrew McCutcheon bobble head dolls that were given to fans who arrived early.

I asked Cindy Kotsch if she knew where I could beg a bobble head. Either Cindy or Maggie McGinnis had given away their doll to a young boy who had an accident with his prize, and their doll was given to him.

On Monday, Cindy walked up to my desk in the newsroom and presented me with a bobble head for Matthew. A smile nearly split my face over her generosity. It was really appreciated, Cindy.


Our county fair is arriving quickly.

There are 4-H horse members out practicing their animals in the horse ring, young people teaching frisky animals to follow or lead and final touches put on still projects before the dreaded judging, to see if a blue ribbon can been acquired for hard work. But 4-H teaches that not everyone can win and that anything less that a win needs to be accepted gracefully.

I love to watch the Cloverbuds do their projects and march around in single file with great dignity.


The Harrison County Fair had the addition of a Puskarich Public Library program added to its junior fair program.

The book “How Did That Get Into My Lunchbox? The Story of Food” was read to children, telling where many of the foods that are put into the lunchbox each day are grown and brought to the market.

The Harrison County Farm Bureau and WesBanco supported the program. Sandi Thompson, librarian, was in charge of the event that attracted more than 30 children. They were fed a lunch after it was over.


Now for some information you might not have known or even cared to know. I am told that yogurt now comes in veggie flavors.

I am not getting overjoyed about beet or tomato yogurt flavors and might even raise an eyebrow thinking about carrot or butternut squash flavors that were favored by a group of people doing the sampling.

Can’t we just leave the flavors alone? It took some time to get some people interested in cherry or any berry-type flavors, and one of them was me.


If you’re planning to go out for a snack after reading this column, forget about reading this last part.

Prevention magazine reports that meal worms are being used as food. There was even a recipe for meatballs. This is done by combining the meal worms – doesn’t say how many or much – with bread crumbs, eggs and spices and brown in the skillet. They are said to be mildly nutty and taste similar to turkey. But their exoskeletons add a little crunch to the dish.

The cost for the exotic worms that provide 50 percent protein and as many omega-3s as fish, is $12 for 100 grams.