Newsmaker: Maureen Ricci |

Newsmaker: Maureen Ricci

Ed and Maureen Ricci. Maureen is organizing Allegheny County's 2016 marbles championship. Ed's family has been involved in the tournament since the 1970s.

Noteworthy: Along with her husband, Ricci organizes the Allegheny County Parks Department’s annual marbles program and competition, which will begin Monday and continue through June 1 at 13 locations throughout the county.

Age: 49

Residence: Shaler

Family: Husband Ed; daughters Sierra, 11, and Amber, 20

Education: Shaler Area High School, Community College of Allegheny County and Sawyer Business School

Background: Ricci has helped organize the marbles tournament for about 15 years, but her husband’s family has been putting it on since the 1970s. She and her husband met at a marbles tournament. Her daughter Sierra won the county tournament last year and was one of the eight competitors at the national competition. Her daughter Amber won the national tournament in 2008.

Quote: “It’s something else for kids to do. It’s not so much a team event like other sports are. It shows them individually how they can be successful and how they can improve year to year.”

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