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Jeannette club undergoes indoor and outdoor renovations

| Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Margie Stanislaw | For Trib Total Media
The bocce courts have been landscaped by Master Gardner Rich Conte during the renovations of the M&S Club.

A hidden jewel at the top of Cort Street, the M&S Club received a big face lift over the past two years.

According to club trustee Jeff Brown, the club was founded in 1952, by a group of Italian gentlemen from town who incorporated it in 1953. The group then went in search of property and purchased the current location.

A building, pavilion and bocce courts were added and the Jeannette community has been indulging in that most favorite of Italian games ever since.

M&S means married and single. The club has no liquor license but does have a building with a fully functional kitchen, rest rooms, fireplace and big screen television. On the grounds is also a picnic pavilion, with ceiling fans and another fully functional kitchen.

The bocce courts are landscaped and includes seating.

“If your dad is a member, when you turn 21 you become a member,” said Brown. “That's how I got here. I've been here 31 years. Otherwise, you have to be sponsored by a member to join.

The club has about 200 members. In years past, it was much harder to become a member and there is still a waiting list, but “the wait isn't years,”Brown said.

There is also a waiting list to be on bocce teams, but it doesn't take as long either since the club added two additional courts and expanded to 14 teams.

Over the past two years, the club has done extensive renovations. In the fall of 2012, the outdoor pavilion, which holds 75 people, was given a face-lift and a new kitchen was installed with all new modern appliances and amenities. A deck was also added with seating near the bocce courts.

In 2013, the inside of the club building was updated.

“It was completely gutted,” said Brown. “Then it was rewired insulated and dry walled.”

This year, a new kitchen was added inside and the building got new outside lighting and soffit and fascia. It is also handicapped accessible. All the work at the club was done by the club members.

The grounds are well landscaped. Brown was able to secure plants for no cost from Wendy's Restaurant, near Home Depot on Route 30, when the restaurant did a recent remodel. Jeannette resident Rich Conte, who is a master gardener, separated the plants and did all the landscaping design.

Club officers include Carl Shifko, president, Bill Fleming, vice president, Paul Shifko, secretary, and Fred Seibel, treasurer.

Trustees are Brown, Frank DaVersa, Brett Lago, Joseph Molinaro and Angelo Verdone.

The club's bocce leagues use the club most weeknights and some weekdays from mid-April to mid-September.

“This year, we had our first annual wine and cheese party for the members. We are trying to do that twice a year and the first Sunday of July we have our annual membership picnic here,” said Brown.

The club and grounds are available for rent on weekends and seats 70 people inside and 75 outside.

Anyone interested in the M&S Club should call 724-523-3810 and leave a message.

Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.