By R.L. McCray

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Art Arkelian passed away the other day but he won’t be forgotten for all of us who knew him through his radio stations and the sports banquets. Among those honored at the WWCB banquets were Brent Henderson, Sean Maloney and Mike Paver. Steve Mahoney was the MC at some of those memorable events. I remember Art introducing me to Satchel Paige. He told me all about pitching at the ballpark behind Wright School and recalled the long fence to dead centerfield. Ron (Smith) Reiff said when worked at WWCB, Art was more than a boss, he was a friend. He was indeed a legend. He brought in baseball's Roberto Clemente, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Stargell and Willie Mays; football’s Jim Brown, Franco Harris, Johnny Unitas and Bart Starr; and even Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens.

Happy retirement to Gary Hajec who started S&H Car Care with Harry Sperry many years ago. Gary was there for 37 years. Ron and Josh Marsh are the new owners.

My newest friend is Nancy Weis Acquavia who lives in Nampa, Idaho.

Good to see LouJean White at the football game in Clymer, with a new camera. She worked on the farm for over three decades. Matthew White is her grandson. Lisa Perry was also shooting photos. She told me that I had her birthday wrong the other day. She claims it's really on March 32.

The Spring Creek Sportsman's Club is having a pancake breakfast on April 18 from 7:30-11 a.m.

Sympathy to Ed Kiehart on the passing of his mom. She was quite a lady.

Nice seeing Scott Lockwood and Tim Joncas in Girard yesterday broadcasting on The Corry Journal Sports Stream. In Union City, McCray & Son, Rod and Jason McCray, did their first-ever baseball game. 

Happy birthday today to Bob DeMauri, George McDannel, Hy Daley and Sam Vanchieri. Kathy Dahl's special day is on Friday along with Homer Williams.

That's it for today. Enjoy the weather. Email me with any items to


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