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Dunbar Borough School students taking part in Fest logo contest |

Dunbar Borough School students taking part in Fest logo contest

| Wednesday, September 10, 2003 12:00 a.m

= Community News

The Dunbar Historical Society meeting is scheduled for 7 tonight at the Dunbar Presbyterian Church social hall. All members are asked to attend.

Just a reminder to residents that the poll for the Halloween activities is due at the borough office by Friday, so council has the information for its meeting to be held Monday. Residents can either drop off the forms that were distributed or call the office at 724-277-4949 and leave a message regarding your input. You must leave your name as well.

Dunbar’s cleanup day will be held on Sept. 22. Anyone needing items picked up should register and pay the $5 fee at the borough office before that date. We hope that the town really looks great for the Community Fest. It is just possible that the Dunbar mountain road may be one of the routes taken to the 84 Lumber Classic next week, so many people may be driving through town. Let’s show our Dunbar pride!

Dunbar Borough Council will meet Monday in council chambers. There will be light refreshments in honor of Mayor Angie Graziano, who was recently sworn in as Dunbar’s mayor through the end of the year. She will once again be our balloon ambassador at this year’s community fest.

The Dunbar Community Library opened this past Monday with regular hours from noon to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Young and old alike are encouraged to patronize this great community resource.

The Historical Society flea market will be held during the fest and residents are asked to donate some new or good used items for its fund raiser. Items can be picked up by calling Kathy Dynes at 724-277-8218 or Carmella Hardy at 724-277-8173.

= Community Fest Update

Well folks, the Second Dunbar Community Fest is right around the corner, two weeks and counting down! Committees are reminded that the next meeting is set for Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Dunbar Presbyterian Church social hall. This is a week earlier then the usual meeting so make note of the date change.

We are pleased to announce that the Dunbar Borough school students will be taking part in a Dunbar Fest logo contest. Each student will be asked to draw what they think would make a good fest logo. There will be winning medals for first, second and third place in each grade. The top seven first place winning entries, from kindergarten through sixth grade, will then be judged by the Community Fest committees at the meeting on Sept. 18 to determine the grand prize winner, who will receive a Wal-Mart gift certificate. The winning logo will be posted at all event sites on fest day. All winners will have their entry posted in the downtown area. Teachers and staff at Dunbar Borough will be sponsoring a bake sale on fest day. Look for the goodies under the canopy at the corner of Justice and Church streets.

The Pechin 5K Walk/Run will begin at 8 a.m. with registration at 7 a.m. at the Dunbar Fire Department. Pre-registration will be $13 with the guarantee of a shirt and goodie bag. Registration on race day will be $15. There will be drawings for some great prizes. For more information, call Cindy Moag at 724-626-8882 ext. 102.

The Community Fest’s first volleyball tournament is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Registration forms and more information are available by calling 724-628-2994.

The car show will be held on Connellsville Street from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be oldies music, trophies and prizes. Call Pat Trimbath at 724-277-8086 for more information.

The flea market and craft sale will be on Railroad Street. There is no fee this year but vendors are asked to register by calling Kathy Dynes at 724-277-8218 or Carmella Hardy at 724-277-8173. All spaces will be on a first come, first served basis for those not registering.

The Little Miss Dunbar and Colonel Dunbar Pageant will begin at 11 a.m. For more information, call Denise Maley at 724-277-4464.

Many thanks this week to patron donors Pat Caruso and Josephine McCune and Anthony and Maryann Crocetti. A special thanks to Frank and Peggy Zadell for their generous donation toward the fireworks display. Your support is greatly appreciated. Patron donations continue to be needed to help with the costs associated with this year’s fest. The race committee would like to thank Ed’s Diner for the gift certificates donated for the 5K Walk/Run prizes.

= Remember Your Neighbors: The Ciamacco Family

While looking for memorabilia for the Historical Society’s display at this year’s community fest, we had the good fortune of contacting Gloria Ciamacco, who was kind enough to loan us some items for the display. If the truth be known, we were seeking old pictures of her Uncle Patsy Ciamacco’s home, where this correspondent lives! She graciously located some pictures and we volunteered to come and pick them up.

So one afternoon we drove to her home and as one conversation led into another, we finally asked if we could share some of her memories with our readers. Fortunately, not only was Gloria present, but her sister, Concetta, known as Connie or Beady, her brother Carmen and their mother, Jennie, were also there that afternoon.

We found out that there were three Ciamacco brothers, Domenick, Joseph and Patsy. Domenick was wounded in World War II and lost his arm for which he was presented an award signed by Woodrow Wilson, one of the items to be displayed at the fest. He never married but lived on Main Street. He died on June 13, 1970. The house is still in the Ciamacco family.

Brother Patsy, who owned Ciamacco’s bar (presently Bruno’s Bar), married Mary DeOre and had the following children: Arthur, Philomena, Charlie, Lillian, Eleanor and Anita. It was Arthur, wife Jean and daughter Bonnie that this correspondent remembers living in the Veterans Street house. Philomena ran the beauty shop at the same location until she married and moved in 1954.

Brother Joseph married Jennie Basilon on Nov. 28, 1929. Their children were Concetta, Carmen, Joe, who died in 2000, and Gloria, whom we visited a few weeks ago. In 1944, at the age of 40, Joseph was killed when he was run over by a freight train on the NH&D Railroad. He was a brakeman and it was believed that he slipped and fell off of a car, falling beneath the train. Carmen remembers that his dad was also a baker and his Uncle Dom delivered bread made in the bakery which faced the alley behind the house on Veterans Street.

Left to raise her children on her own, Jennie eventually married Andy Pagen on June 6, 1952. Together they ran Bowman’s Store once located in what is now the Wesley Methodist Church parking lot on Connellsville Street. Although the store will be remembered by most as Bowman’s Store, receipts given to us indicate it was also called Pagen’s Department Store. Several pictures will be on display at the fest. Jennie’s family moved to Springdale in 1950. After she married Pagen, they commuted between homes in Dunbar and Springdale.

Concetta shared some of her fondest memories of Dunbar with us. She remembers donkey ball games held at the ball field at Head eye around 1940, and trips to Shady Grove Park on Sunday to swim and watch fireworks. She remembers all the people in town taking part in parades that seemed endless, and the medicine man selling his tonics near the DeOre building. One of the funnier moments she shared was when she was about to take her first holy communion at St. Aloysius Church. Her mother had purchased shoes for her and when the box was opened, only one shoe was inside or the pair were mismatched, she could not recall for sure. Her mother made the shoe shop owner, Mr. Caruso we think, open his store on Sunday morning to find her a matching pair so she could go to church. Saturday night movies were popular and she remembers taking her lunch. Kids paid the astronomical sum of 12 cents admission to the show while adults were charged 30 cents! Gloria remarked that trick or treating on Halloween lasted for two weeks and the kids walked all over town.

Both commented about the “Carnivales” held at the Sons of Italy before Lent, apparently Dunbar’s version of the Mardi Gras. Their mother always won the hat show held as part of the “Breakfast in Hollywood” events held by the women’s group from the Sons of Italy. Although frail, their mother Jennie was part of our visit and one can never forget that smile. Hopefully, pictures taken that day will be developed for the fest. A copy of her beautiful wedding picture from 1929 will be displayed. Both daughters remember their mother always making crepe paper outfits for various school and community events.

Several Dunbar Borough School class pictures from the 1940s were shared and will be displayed at the fest. We are hoping that visitors can help us name the children in the pictures.

An interesting side note, one of the several newspaper clippings that we borrowed told of Jennie Pagen’s father, Salvadore Basilon, being robbed in Connellsville and “taken for a ride.” At the age of 58, he was kidnapped, robbed and beaten severely about the head. The article claims that he was thrown from the car near the macaroni factory in Connellsville. He recovered, but never appeared to file charges.

We wish to thank Gloria, Concetta, Carmen and Jennie for warmly welcoming us and especially for sharing so much information. Residents are invited to visit the Historical Society display at the Dunbar Presbyterian Church on Sept. 27 to view the wonderful pictures and memorabilia provided by the Ciamacco family.

= Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthday wishes go out this week to Shauna Dunaway, Shaun Wallace, Joyce Bufano, Nathaniel Dixon, Eric Pritts, Tiffany Ghrist, Candance Spencer, Aaron Breakiron, Aubbrey Lauer, George Bundy Sr., Lisa Greenlee, Michael Grim, Nancy Wallace, Danielle Golden, Brian O’Neal Sr., Doris Quinlan, Theresa Eutsey, Nicki Garletts, Junie Clawson, Cindi Robbins, Debra Gallis, Amy Renzi, Sydney Eans, Kelly Bell, Joshua Watson, Tony Crocetti, Joshua Blystone, Charles Neighbors, Brad Miner, Florence Lowry, Michael Quinlan, Shelby Soberdash, Amanda Hustosky, Jennifer Richter, Amanda Perdikaris, Kelly Lambie, Joshua Mancini, David Smitley, Tyler Doppelheuer and Shea Soberdash.

Anniversary wishes go out this week to Steve and Jennifer Bell, Jim and Jill Shipley, Bill and Nancy Hartman, Lon and Dawna Welsh, Tim and Jonie Smitley, Dale and Esther Golden and John and Lois Ryan.

= Dunbar Trivia Question

Did you know the answer to last week’s question, “What was the assessed value of Dunbar Borough in 1889?” The answer is: In 1889, Dunbar has a bank, post office, two roller passenger stations, a flouring mill, two churches, two school buildings, and a number of stores. The assessed value was $264,607.

Now, let’s see if you know the answer to this week’s question, “What bank in Dunbar was established to accommodate the needs of non-English speaking customers?”

Phone us at 724-277-8448 or e-mail at or All announcements for this column should be received by noon Sunday for publication the following Wednesday. If you have an interesting article or bit of history you would like to share, mail it to Dunbar Column, P.O. Box 366, Dunbar, Pa. 15431.

Until next week, remember to say “hello” to your neighbors!

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