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Hundreds attend third annual DuBois 'City Classic' Games

DuBOIS — Baseball and softball games between the DuBois Central Catholic Cardinals and the DuBois Area High School Beavers brought the community together during the third annual “City Classic” games Saturday.

In the first game, the Central Catholic Cardinals baseball team defeated the DuBois Area Beavers, 10-1, at Showers’ Field. It was the first time the Cardinals have beaten the Beavers at the ‘City Classic.’

In the second game, which was held at the new Rose and Dennis Heindl Memorial Field in the DuBois City Park, the DuBois Lady Beavers softball team thrilled the crowd with a late-game rally to defeat the Lady Cardinals 6-5. The two teams are now even in the ‘City Classic’ games since this is the second year the softball teams have participated in the event.

“Once again, it was a beautiful day for two great schools to get to play on some of the premier parks in our area, if not the entire state,” said city Manager John “Herm” Suplizio. “it was nice to see the whole community come out and support both schools. Both games had an excellent crowd. I cannot thank everyone enough for all the help and support and getting both schools to put on such a great event for our community.”

Suplizio gave a special “hats off” to DuBois Area School District Assistant Superintendent Wendy Benton and DCC Headmaster Gretchen Caruso and their staff for putting on a “fabulous event.” He also thanked the city employees and construction workers who prepared for the day.

The game between the two rival area schools was not the only entertainment provided Saturday. There were various giveaways and a home run derby held between innings at both games.

The DuBois Area Little League operated the concession stands at the games.

A live band, Down To the Wire, capped off the evening.

Admission was free to the hundreds of fans who attended.

The City of DuBois is set to host the 2018 USCAA Small College World Series for both baseball and softball beginning Monday, May 14 through Thursday, May 18.

A total of 20 teams — 10 baseball and 10 softball — will be in DuBois for championship week. The baseball tournament will be held at Showers’ Field, while the softball event will take place at the new Rose and Dennis Heindl Memorial Field.

Championship Week will kick off with a welcoming event at Showers’ Field on Sunday, May 13. There will be a parade featuring all 20 teams, a home run derby for both softball and baseball players, a music concert and a fireworks show to cap off the night.

Middle school civil War reenactment celebrates 20th year

ST. MARYS — For Cherri Gigliotti, a computer teacher at St. Marys Area Middle School and Civil War reenactor, the importance of bringing her passion to her school was obvious.

Twenty years ago, she started the Civil War Club at the middle school. And while similar clubs may come and go, hers has stayed strong for those 20 years.

After a trip many years ago to Susquenita School District in Perry County outside of Harrisburg, to see their Civil War reenactment, Gigliotti brought the program back to St. Marys. Her commitment is not only in her students, but is rooted in her own interests as one of her hobbies is as a Civil War reenactor.

“It’s fun. We learn about the history of the Civil War but also about the people’s perspectives — both civilians and soldiers,” Gigliotti said.

The advisor said what she loves most about the club is that the students become like family.

“They come in as sixth graders who haven’t bonded with anyone and they form these friendships that stick. Many of my students who were in this club are still friends in high school and some even become college roommates,” Gigliotti said. “Some even become history teachers because they gain a respect from what we do here.”

Student Tony Guido said he joined the Civil War Club this year because he had a lot of friends in it and he thought it would be fun.

The club currently boasts a membership of nearly 40 students.

For others, like eighth grader Rachel Fleming, the club has been a part of their entire middle school career.

“I’m really interested in history and wanted to make new friends when I first came to the middle school, so I joined,” said Fleming, who added that her favorite part of being active with the club is helping on reenactment day.

The club has projects and events throughout the year, including a Civil War ball and a trip to Gettysburg.

Fleming said this was the first year she was able to make the trip to Gettysburg, adding that the experience was really meaningful to her. During the trip students take letters written by soldiers and read them back to their graves.

“My soldier went to war because he wanted to make money for his family. He sent all of his checks home and he lived until the second day (in the Battle of Gettysburg),” Fleming said.

The 37 reenactors who come to share their artifacts and knowledge are mostly personal friends of Gigliotti. They travel far and wide to give students this experience.

Among those reenactors are Nina and Greg Hernandez, of Bowling Green, Ohio. Their presentation focuses on the history of the Confederacy. The duo talks about the origins of slavery and attempts to debunk the negative associations with the South.

“If I have a theme, it’s that of everything in your life there is always something to know and dig for,” Nina Hernandez said. “Don’t just take what you’ve read in a book, on the internet or on television. There’s other people in your life who are going to rip you off — don’t do it to yourself.”

The highlight of the day is when reenactor Gary Gilmore, of Luthersburg, sets off five mortars in the side yard of the school with a cannon that he forged himself. Students then get to dig the cannonballs out of the ground.

But before the blasts and the fanfare, Gilmore calls the students to attention and takes a moment to tell them what the battle was really about.

“The Civil War lasted for five years and impacted just about every family that lived in this country at that time. It was a horrible war. Nearly one million died from battle wounds and a lot from diseases,” Gilmore said. “That war caused this country to become the United States of America, not the United States and the Confederate States.

“This isn’t a celebration of war, it’s more an understanding of it.”

With Gigliotti set to retire this year, the future of the encampment and Civil War Club remains unknown.

Of the middle school students, she says, “I hope that they see that the Civil War isn’t just something they read about in a textbook. They were real people who fought in a real war and died for real beliefs.”

Photo by Chris Wechtenhiser 

Penn State Brandywine's Andre Pendleton dives back into third base just ahead of a diving tag attempt by Penn State DuBois's Caleb Bennett (7) during fourth inning-action Sunday in a PSUAC Tournament game. Bennett cut out off a throw folloing a fly out to left field and nearly caught Pendleton too far off the base. DuBois beat Brandywine, 3-2, to reach today's title game. Bennett tossed a complete-game in DuBois' tourney opening 6-3 win against Penn State Wilkes-Barre earlier in the day.

St. Marys
St. Marys mayor, council to host parking workshop

ST. MARYS — Mayor Lou Radkowski and City Council will be hosting their second workshop at 7 p.m. today at City Hall in the Council Room.

The workshop’s focus will be on parking in St. Marys and the public is welcome to attend, listen, and provide input to Radkwoski and City Council.

A heated topic in the City of St. Marys, the future of parking has always been widely discussed.

“We don’t make money on parking and are not looking to make money. We should try to get parking to pay for itself,” Radkowski said. “It should be fairly priced. Historically, these types of decisions were made in a black box and citizens only found out after the fact. The city is trying to change that so all opinions and ideas are heard.”

The topics on the agenda include: Re-establishing the parking authority; making all parking free throughout the city; shortening the enforcement window; ways to improve the technology and collections; and areas of enforcement and removal of meters.

The council will also discuss if there is a profit or loss from parking and provide a full understanding of the expense of upkeep of the current parking infrastructure.

While no action will be voted on during the workshop, as is the true workshop format, the opportunity to discuss an issue that affects every resident of St. Marys is an opportunity for change to begin to occur.

“St. Marys belongs to the residents and taxpayers who live and work here. We need to hear their thoughts and they need to know they are empowered by participating in the planning of how the city is run,” Radkowski said. “Parking is a public resource. We want to know other alternatives and solutions as to how to manage our parking resources.”

Radkowski and council hope to have input from residents at the end of the discussion.

For more information contact City Hall’s Public Relations Officer Hannah Brock at or at 814-781-1718 ext.247.

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At its last public forum, Mayor Lou Radkowski takes notes of needs that residents have identified they want to see in a grocery store. Monday’s public forum will involve a hot topic in St. Marys — parking.