Newsmaker: Maureen Ricci
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.
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.”