Frozen pizza purchase pays off in a big way

Mark Howie, of South Bend, recently had to make a decision about what to do for dinner. His wife, Molly, had a nephew’s ballgame to attend. He had to fly solo through cuisine-land. So he went to CVS, 51467 U.S. 31 North, to pick up a frozen pizza and a lottery scratch-off ticket. Why not? It has fewer calories than ice cream. The ticket got him $150,000.

“It was only the sixth or seventh ticket I’ve ever bought,” he said.

He lost his appetite and stared at the ticket. He then called his wife to come home. Then they both stared at the ticket. They talked about what they were going to do with the money and then they ate the pizza. They are going to put some away, pay off some bills and have a bit of fun. Maybe go out to eat.


Youthful historians rise to the occasion. The Indiana History Day was April 27 and you probably missed it. So let’s fill you in on what happened. Eighteen area students did really well at the Indianapolis judging.

The students were from grades four though 12. Each student delved into one part of history and did a bang-up job with a presentation, paper or website. Each school had a competition and the winners went on to a district meet at Saint Mary’s College and then Indy.

The area winners, schools and projects were: Julian Martinez, St. Anthony de Padua, “The Bay of Pigs Invasion” ; Ian Dunlap, Conley Knauff and Ben West, Kennedy Primary, “Boston Tea Party” ; Patrice Serianni and Lydia Fell, St. Anthony’s, “The Children Laugh Again” ; Todd Conn, John Young Middle School, “China’s Entry in the Korean War: A Turning Point in History” ; Emilia James, St. Anthony’s, “Pony Express – A Turning Point in Communication” ; Alex Ciesialka, St. Anthony’s, “The Battle of Midway,” and Michaela Yoder, John Young Middle, “A Monarchy No Longer: The Execution that Changed Russian History.”

And a few more: Stephan Mullaney and Eric Liu, St. Anthony’s, “Agent Orange in the Vietnam War” ; Tyler Eskridge and Sage Slavinskas, John Young, “The Gulf of Tonkin Incident: A Turning Point” ; Alexis Jurek and Sydney Jablonski, John Young, “The Wall Came Tumbling Down: A Turning Point in the Fall of the Communist Empire,” and Damon Germano and Nicholas Kruger, John Young, “Salt March.”

Julian, Patrice and Lydia, Todd, Alex, Michaela, Tyler and Sage, Alexis and Sydney, Damon and Nicholas all placed first or second in their categories and will be going on in June to the National History competition at the University of Maryland.

The others placed third and will step in if someone can’t go.

Will report back on how our historians do.


Joseph A. Prahlow, M.D., recently received the Pathology/Biology Sections “Milton Helpern Award” at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 65th Anniversary Meeting, in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Prahlow is a forensic pathologist and professor of pathology with the South Bend Medical Foundation and Indiana University School of Medicine in South Bend.

The Milton Helpern Award, established in 1987 by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, distinguishes outstanding medical examiners across the nation.




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