Glassport grads plan all-class reunion
For years, the Italian Club in Glassport hosted an annual gathering in conjunction with the Feast of the Assumption. Because of a lack of funds, that traditional get-together was not going to happen this year.
That's when Chuck Widel decided to do something to fill the void.
“I thought it would be nice to get everyone together who went to Glassport High School, which is what the Feast did each year — it brought people back to town from all across the country,” he said.
The three-day get-together will be Aug. 16-18.
One of the initial planners, Carl Zoscak, put together a reunion for his college football squad last year and was interested in helping with the Glassport gathering.
“We met at Glassport Diner in April and threw ideas out. Someone suggested making it an all-class reunion for Glassport High School — if you attended or graduated you could come. Chuck took off with it from there,” he said.
A golf outing is planned for Aug. 16 at 6:30 a.m. at Seven Springs Golf Course in Elizabeth Township. Cost is $65 for the scramble format; reservations are due by July 27. In the evening, there will be pizza, cocktails and dancing at the Italian Club at 6 o'clock.
A complimentary breakfast at the Glassport Diner is planned for Aug. 17 from 7-9 a.m.; reservations are required by Aug. 12 because seating is limited. A tour of the former high school is planned at 2 p.m., followed by a spaghetti dinner and oldies dance from 6-11 p.m. at the Italian Club with DJ Rich Antoncic.
Festivities will wrap up with an old-fashioned picnic from 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the Polish National Alliance Club with polka band Ray J and the Carousels.
Planners said the picnic will be reminiscent of events that were popular at Piquets and Glewia groves, which featured a polka band, food, beer, and in August a corn roast.
Sponsored by the Glassport High School Alumni Association, a $20 membership for each alumnus or alumna and his or her spouse provides access to all activities. Non-member cost is $10 for each event.
“We're just trying to bring all the people together who lived here and went to Glassport High,” Widel said, noting that a couple hundred people already are signed up.
Zoscak expects the gathering to be a “grand event. I think this will be really nice. Chuck really went all out with putting this together.”
Both organizers said they hope the all-class reunion will be an annual event.
To join the GHS Alumni Association, checks should be sent to: Copper & Glass Credit Union, c/o Rose DiMarco, 531 Monongahela Ave., Glassport, 15045.
For those attending from out-of-town, rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express and Comfort Inn along Lebanon Church Road under the name Glassport Alumni. Reservations must be made by Thursday.
For more information, contact Widel at 412-805-0369.
Carol Waterloo Frazier is an editor for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McKeesport Area schools to provide outreach activities
- Renzie Park projects top list of requests for RAD funding
- West Mifflin Area boosts technology
- Homestead violence escalates with second day of shootings
- Tempers flare in Munhall chambers
- Serra has cause to celebrate as new year starts
- Jamie’s Dream Team charity grateful for Pens funding
- Technology to take center stage as Elizabeth Forward begins new year
- McKeesport church joins listings on national historic register
- Whitaker committee to examine recreation
- Vietnam War’s ‘McKeesport 23’ to be remembered at high school reunion