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Glassport grads plan all-class reunion

| Saturday, July 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Committee members of the all-class Glassport High School Reunion gathered in front of their alma mater to finalize plans for their events. From left are Louis D'Angelo, Frank Tarli, Bo Bo Cross, Rich Semanisin, Chuck Widel and Jim Remetta. Missing is Carl Zoszak.

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.