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The President, Coach Kelly and Striking Out Cancer

Happy Summer to everyone! Just a reminder about our Great American Cookout Giveaway. The information and entry form can be found directly below. Please remember you may mail it in or drop it off at my office in South Side. It’s the great taste of America made in America feast to the winner. But more importantly, it’s a great way to lend a helping hand to our local veterans. For every entrant, Webb Weekly will be a making a donation to the VFW Veterans Benefits Office. The winner and donation will be announced prior to the 4th of July.

So much to talk about, so little space. I think I need to look into doing the Webb Weekly three times a week with all of the good things going on in our area. This would give me the opportunity to properly address the craziness of the not-so-mainstream media and the hijacking of the Democratic Party by the socialistic elite. It’s moved way beyond liberalism at this point.

What an absolutely, All American spirited and moving visit to our neck of Penns Woods by President Donald Trump. Any time a President comes to town, it should be a patriotic salute to our Commander in Chief. Tip of my Webb Weekly cap, complete with the American flag on the side, to all that welcomed President Trump. What an amazing show of love and support for our great Nation. A second tip of the cap to all the local folks behind the scenes that made his visit possible. It was truly a community and presidential effort that provided that special evening at such a beautiful location. A complete Red, White and Blue picture painted against the green beauty of the Bald Eagle Mountains.

It was electrifying having the President of the United States in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Our area has a distinguished history of honoring past, present, and future holders of the Oval Office. Party affiliation should never detract from the honor and celebration of America a presidential visit provides.

Please make sure you read Lou Hunsinger’s cover story on page 6. It can’t help but make you proud of all the presidential presence in our area through the years.

Keeping my thoughts across the creek in the Borough. Congratulations to former Lady Warrior star hoopster Kelly Mazzante on her recent hire as an assistant basketball coach at Bucknell University. Kelly scored over 3,000 points during her high school career and was a two-time state player of the year. She then went on to star at Penn State and in the WNBA. Most recently Kelly was an assistant at IUP and was instrumental in their appearance in the Division II Final 4 the past two seasons.

She will make a great coach for the Bison. More importantly, it will be great to have her here at home in the West Branch Valley. Kelly has always been a class act. She is a better person than a basketball player or coach. And that’s saying something.

For more on Kelly’s new gig, see page 10. We will have much more on Lycoming County’s first lady of basketball this fall.

Moving from the hardwood to the diamond, it’s great to hear the Coaches & Seniors vs. Cancer game has returned to Historic Bowman Field.

Tip of my old Williamsport Tomahawks hat to Jake King, organizer of the annual game. Heading into this season, the annual event has raised over $40,000 in an effort to strike out cancer. Jake and his gang have done a great job of growing the event each and every year. This will be year six of the benefit game.

Again this year, senior baseball players from area schools will take on their managers and coaches. The game is all for fun, of course, and to raise money for a great cause. However, both teams always want to win! All proceeds will be donated to K’s for Cancer. To get more local baseball talent involved, Jake added a ‘Futures’ game, featuring underclassmen stars from up and down the West Branch Valley. A great way to show off their young arms and bats in an effort to join in on battling our Nation’s most deadly disease.

The games will take place this Saturday, June 1st at Bowman with the Futures game being played at 3:30 p.m. Then the main event will follow as the coaches try to prove they can hang with the young bucks at 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 2:30 p.m.

Little Leaguers can enter the event for free by simply wearing their team jersey. It is a great day of fun, baseball, and remembrance of those we’ve lost to cancer. Please stop by, make a donation, and check out the great community event at your convenience.

A special thank you to the umpires for volunteering their time: Frank Gardiner, Scott Lowery, Pat Cassidy, Steve Buttorf and Don Dunkleberger.

For a complete list of the team rosters see page 18.

God Bless America.

Jim Webb

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