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Latest walk through time takes columnist to 1958

| Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006

History is where you find it.

Joe Zmijowski, of City Distributors in Charleroi, proved that point again by passing along a Feb. 6, 1958, copy of The Charleroi Mail.

The lead story carried this bold headline: 28 Top British Soccer Players Die In Crash.

The story posted by United Press explained that a British airliner carrying England's top professional soccer team, Manchester United, home from a victorious championship match in Yugoslavia crashed and exploded outside of Munich, Germany.

UP reported at least 12 survivors were pulled from the wreckage of the plane and the debris of a house it hit when it crashed into a large building in the Munich suburb of Kirchtrudering.

Manchester United, one of Britain's most famous soccer teams, was returning home after defeating Belgrade's Red Star team in a two-game European Cup championship series.

On the local front, plant manager H. Marvin Hosier announced that the annual anniversary dinner of the Charleroi Plant of Corning Glass Works would be held Feb. 27 at the Twin Coaches supper club. Leading the Charleroi Plant employees to be honored at the event were several who would receive $1,000 checks and diamond service pins in recognition of their 50 years of service - Fred Bertholdy, Richard Braunegg, George Heisler, William Labosh, Valentine Lisz, Clyde Miller, George Minnd Sr., Paul Plesko and Thomas Watkinson.

Two other employees, William Gelder and John Labosh, were to receive 55-year service pins, while 45-year pins were to be presented to Edward Apanasewicz, David Johns, Charles Kartans, Carl Kurpjuweit and Jesse Waggoner.

In other news:

n Mrs. Mae Guauden entertained members of the Jolly Nine Club at her home on Broad Avenue in Belle Vernon. Winners of the 500 game were Mrs. Gauden, Mrs. Julia Nesti, Mrs. Merecy Michener and Mrs. Mabel Yeaton.

n The Charleroi Charthene Club was counting the hours for its annual Snow Ball tomorrow night at the Twin Coaches. The general committee included Mrs. Joseph Marshall, chairman, Mrs. Harold Baker, Mrs. W.E. Easton Jr. and Mrs. Vernon Frye. Artie Arnell's orchestra was set to provide music for the third successive year.

n Disc jockey Francis "Slops" DeMastro was ready to spin records at a dance at the Cougar Canteen in Charleroi. Sponsored by the Jaycees, the event also featured live performances by Sonny and the Premiers and Dick Vale and the The Vales. Admission was only 50-cents.

n New Eagle Borough Council formally adopted its new budget balancing expenditures and receipts at a record $54,000. The new financial plan included pay raises for all borough employees.

n The U.S. Housing and Home Finance Agency announced a redevelopment planning loan of $32,480 for Monessen. The 25-acre Estgate Project with 115 dwelling units is to be cleared and redeveloped for commercial and light industrial uses.

n Meeting in regular session, the Ellsworth School Board hired James S. Vulcano to teach advance commercial classes and approved the purchase of two alto horns, a baritone horn and a tuba. Attending the meeting were Edward Verosko, president; Anthony Andrulonis, secretary; Anthony Teluch, treasurer; members James Sokoloff and Joseph Petro, and Lewis P. Angotti, supervising principal.

n Charleroi Street Commissioner Ralph Arrigo reported that the borough saved a "tidy amount" of money, approximately $1,500, by using rock salt instead of cinders for snow removal on borough streets during the winter. Arrigo also noted that salt is better than cinders because because the latter are "messy, litter up the streets and sewers and kick up trouble for the housewives."

n Bouncing back from their second setback, the VFW Club turned back Ace Auto, 65-44, in Charleroi City League basketball action. In other games, Elite Lunge edged Lockview AC, 26-22; the Rockets topped the Stompers, 51-38, and the Spartans throttled the Squires, 29-10. Stan Milcovich pumped in 18 points to pace the Vets. Others in double figures were Felton Brown with 18 for Lockview, Bill Lundy with 19 for the Elites, Paul Simala with 21 for the Rockets, and Don Reeves with 18 for the the Stompers.

n Roscoe, of the Washington County League, was marking time for its West Penn Cup soccer semifinal match with Castle Shannon at Bridgeville Park. Roscoe was pinning its hopes on the offensive efforts of Jack Bailey and Joe Snowden and the goaltending of Rich Menyo. Bailey topped all WCL scorers with nine goals in the first half of the season, nosing out Blacky Bampanelli, of Avella, and Ernie Truffa, of Gallatin, who had eight each. Others in the scoring race were Steve Lomago, Van Voorhis, 7; Chime Kovich, Van Voorhis, and Joe Vendetti, Avella, six apiece, Simon Pestich and Alex DeRosa, both of Gallatin, and Leno Colucci, Van Voorhis, four each.

n Val Jansante, the Bentleyville native who starred at Duquesne University and with the Pittsburgh Steelers, resigned as head football coach at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. Jansante, one of the leading pass receivers in Steelers history, said he was still interested in coaching and was shopping around for a new job.

n Charleroi Hilltop AC boxers Sam Sellars, Norm Madison and Joe Allen were scheduled for an amateur show at The Palisades in McKeesport as a prelude to competing in the Golden Gloves tournament in Pittsburgh.

The Charleroi Mail, a Mail Publishing Co. newspaper which sold for only seven-cents in 1958, was led by some of the finest newsmen in Mid-Mon Valley history. H.E. Price was president, John L. Halstead vice president and B.C. Sharpnack secretary-treasurer, while Harry E. McCamic was the editor, Robert L. Wiper news editor, and John Bunardzya sports editor.

(If you have memories to share or story ideas, please contact me at ronpaglia@verizon.net or c/o The Valley Independent, Eastgate 19, Monessen, PA 15062.)

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