Asides: Passion champions; Rain Day brings rain; Westmoreland County celebrating

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AS EVERYONE KNOWS, the Steelers are in training camp at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, preparing for what fans hope is another Super Bowl season. But what not everyone knows is that a world football championship has already been claimed by a Pittsburgh team — it just so happens to be the local women’s team, the Passion. After an 8-0 regular season and two playoff victories, the Passion made it perfect last weekend by trashing the Houston Energy 41-7 in the Independent Women’s Football League final played in South Carolina. The Passion also were champs in 2007, but this was their first in the IWFL. Pittsburgh’s women football players don’t receive as much attention as the Steelers but maybe the men can take inspiration from this triumphant example of being passionate about winning.

THE BEST QUOTE of the week came from Waynesburg Mayor Duncan Berryman, who was asked what happens if it doesn’t rain on the Greene County community’s annual Rain Day celebration. “It really puts a damper on things,” he said. Not to worry. It did rain — a sprinkle at 10:57 a.m., so proclaimed by the mayor — and everybody was happy. The celebration dates back to the late 1800s and this was the 114th time in 141 years that it rained on Rain Day, a record that puts to shame the sometimes soggy Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh.

IRWIN RESIDENTS may want to say “Rain, rain go away, come again another day” next weekend when the Westmoreland County community celebrates the grand finale of its 150th anniversary year. Events will include a family picnic, a parade, a worship service, puppet making and a gala dinner Friday night. At the dinner, the beer to be served will come from Full Pint Brewing of North Huntingdon with restored labels of a now disappeared brew, Crescent beer, which was made in Irwin until Prohibition. In the toasts to the community, maybe a glass could be raised to the Pittsburgh Passion, who don’t get the credit they deserve.

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