Susie Young, 73

first_imgSusie Young, 73, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.  Born, May 25, 1946 in Indianapolis, Indiana, she was the daughter of George Allen and Edna P. (Combs) Raines.   Susie graduated from University High School in 1964. She was a housewife and also worked in the cafeteria at Rosenmund Elementary School in Greensburg. Susie was very involved and active in the Cancer Support Group at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. She was married to Stephen Young on January 28, 1966 in Bloomington and he preceded her in death on August 2, 2008.  Susie is survived by one son; Jeff (Dana) Young, Greensburg, two daughters; Michelle (Jim) Ferguson, Indianapolis, Paula (Eric) Blodgett, Greensburg, one brother; James Allen (Kay) Raines, Bloomington, six grandchildren; Paige Moody, Logan Moody, Halle Ferguson, Grace Young, Zack Blodgett, Ethan Blodgett, and two great grandsons; Landon Westhafer and Lincoln Westhafer. Susie was preceded in death by her parents, and husband; Stephen Young.  Visitation will be at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 4-7:30 pm.  In lieu of flowers, Susie requested memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warrior Project, American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or Our Hospice.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

USC playwright honored for his written works

first_imgBrian Polak, a third-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing, is well on his way to becoming one of the United States’ most acclaimed young playwrights.Write stuff · Third-year graduate student Brian Polak will travel to the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival to see two of his plays performed. – Photo courtesy of Brian Polak Polak  was recently recognized for his written plays by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The aspiring writer entered two of his works — a full-length play and a short play — in the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The festival, which will take place April 14-19 in D.C., is a national program involving 18,000 students from more than 600 academic institutions.Polak’s full-length play, Henry and the Hippocampus, has already been awarded the festival’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award for an outstanding                student-written script exploring the experience of living with disability.The play, originally inspired by a National Public Radio story about a man who spent the last 50 years of his life unable to create new memories, tells the story of a man named Henry who has a similar affliction. The story follows the journey that Henry, his wife and his doctor take to try and rebuild his ability to form memories.Polak said that writing the play was challenging due to Henry’s neurological state.“When we watch plays or movies, we like to watch a character kind of go on a journey, change and become a different person,” Polak said. “But here we have this character who medically cannot do that.”When Polak attends the festival in April, in addition to accepting his award, he will have the opportunity to see an excerpt of Henry and the Hippocampus performed.Polak’s short play War Profits will also be performed at the festival. War Profits was loosely inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, and follows two U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2007 who become disillusioned with the war they agreed to fight and decide to go AWOL.“One of the themes that I’m exploring in several of my plays right now is my relationship to my country,” Polak said. “War isn’t what we see in the news every day. It’s much more complicated … so I decided to create these characters who, once the dirtiness and the scariness and the messiness was revealed to them, they were like, ‘I don’t like this, I can’t do this anymore.’”Polak’s success as a playwright stemmed from his foray into theater shortly after receiving his B.A. in philosophy from Marymount University. When he was working full-time, Polak started to get involved in acting classes, improvisational comedy and traditional theater on the side.“I’m not actually very good at acting,” Polak said. “It became my creative outlet, but I never felt comfortable doing it because it never felt right; something felt amiss.”Once he realized this, Polak started searching for alternative creative outlets and he soon found himself writing.“I didn’t really know what I was doing,” he said. “I just knew that I was doing plays as an actor, so why not try to write them?”While still in the early stages of pursuing a writing career, Polak met his future wife who encouraged him to take writing more seriously.“[My wife] was a writer, and all her friends were writers, and they were like serious, dedicated writers,” Polak said. “I learned [from her] what it really meant to be a writer … It’s a serious art form.”Several years later, after Polak had spent time developing his craft, he and his wife moved to Los Angeles. Shortly after the move, Polak wanted to study playwriting in a formal academic setting.“I never had anything I wanted to study before,” he said. “It took me many years to realize that there is this thing that I care about and I love, and it’s playwriting.”During his time at USC, Polak has been free of the many distractions that would otherwise take him away from what he loves best: writing.“[Being at USC] has helped me focus my attention on my writing in a way that I wouldn’t be able to do as the writer I was before I came to grad school, where I was writing in the morning and then going to work,” Polak said.In addition to the time he has to work on his own writing, Polak says he also has time to engage with professors and other students who can offer him feedback and additional readings to fuel his growth as a writer.“Writing gives me this closeness to the world,” Polak said. “My hope is that when I graduate I’ll be able to start living a life in the theater and presenting these plays publicly for an audience, with the hope that the audience will feel that same closeness to the world that I’m feeling writing.”USC audiences can hear a reading of Henry and the Hippocampus presented at McClintock Theatre as part of the School of Dramatic Arts New Works Festival on May 28-31.last_img read more

Tipp’s ‘resolve’ sees them overcome Cork

first_imgTipp were 12 points down on the 53rd minute and fought back with goals from Kieran Bergin and Jason Forde. Noel McGrath then secured a win for Tipp with a late point on the 69th minute to send the Premier County into a quarter final tie against Offaly. The full time score was Tipperary 2-28 Cork 4-21. O’Shea always believed his side could win the game.Killian Whelan and Ken Hogan were at the game for Tipp FM Sport. The other games in Division 1A finished:Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 2-19Dublin 0-26 Galway 2-14.In Division 1B they finished:Wexford 0-16 Waterford 0-22Limerick 1-25 Laois 1-19Antrim 0-19  Offaly 2-17The National Hurling League quarter-final pairings will have Tipperary take on Offaly with the home venue to be decided by the toss of a coin as the two teams have had two home games each.The other quarter finals sees Cork take on Wexford, Dublin are up against Limerick and Galway will battle it out with Waterford, and the Deise men will have home advantage in that encounter. All the other quarter finals will have home venue decided by the toss of a coin and those games will be played next Sunday. Kilkenny will play Clare in the Division 1A relegation play-off.In camogie, Tipperary’s Division 1 League game against Wexford finished Tipperary 2-7 Wexford 1-15. In the Munster U16 A Shield semi-final, the full time score was Tipperary 3-8 Limerick 0-13.In the Quarter finals of the Dr Fogarty Cup it finished Cappawhite 2-09 Lorrha 3-18 and Burgess 3-16 Éire Óg/Annacarty 0-12.The Jim Devitt Cup quarter final finished Holycross Ballycahill 0-12 Silvermines 1-12. Full-time in the Johnny Ryan Cup Quarter final Tommevara 1-14 Templederry Kenyons 0-11. In the James Holohan Cup quarter final it finished JK Brackens 3-12 Knockavilla 1-12. Tipperary senior hurling manager Eamon O’Shea has praised his side’s character after they overcame Cork by the narrowest of margins this afternoon. Tipp have topped Division 1A of the National League after beat Munster rivals Cork by a single point in Páirc Uí Rinn. Cork led at half time by 15 points to 13 and came out in the second half and scored four quick-fire goals last_img read more

Goal-fest in Ghana Beach Soccer Leagues

first_imgWest Africa’s only double tier-league beach soccer leagues continues to defy the odds by cranking up the excitement levels. League leaders Sunset Sports had their work cut out as they collected a cool three points and three goals without having to kick a ball in the ongoing CAL bank beach soccer Championship. This was after the low lying Teshie United failed to turn up for their scheduled week 12 encounter. Notwithstanding their fourth consecutive ”win” the result only keeps the Champions at the top on goals difference from neighbors, Havedzi Mighty Warriors. Indeed the high flying Havedzi Warriors from Keta ensured that they did not lose sight of the top, although they were made to work very hard by Wuo Gbee in a 10 goal thriller. A hat-trick by Kudadah Sampson coupled with a brace from Ahorlu Edem and a goal Alfred Torsu ensured Havedzi were 6-4 victors, despite Richard Osa also bagging a hat trick on the day. Gulf Powers continued their ascendancy with another three points in the bag against Ada Assurance who have been sanctioned by the GBSA. With a chunk of the games failing to come off, East Legon sharks and Dansoman served the fans with a block buster of a game, played at a blistering pace that saw both sides on the attack. With the lead swinging several times in the game, it was Matthew Lamptey who thought he had stolen the three points point for Dansoman with six minutes to play. But late drama was to follow when Sharks captain Uriel Appienti added the final twist to the game with his third and fourth goals to end proceedings 5-4. The result earned the Sharks their first win in as many games and also, proved sweet revenge having suffered defeat in similar circumstances in the first round. In the division one, Golden eagles delivered a soccer punch to fellow promotion hopefuls Tema United, as they zoomed back to winning ways having dropped points last weekend. Nungua United also dispatched Winneba giants 6-0, as they continued their search for a way back into the top flight of Ghana Beach Soccer.  Both the Championship and Division leagues wraps up in 6 weeks’ time at the La Beach Soccer Arena where Voltic will make a presentation to the winning teams. It is also expected that the GBSA will announce new partners and sponsors for the 2015 leagues.last_img read more