James “Champ” Marks and his sister, Dolly, owned the store up until they retired. Debbie Galardo, a high school classmate who recently moved to Texas, is their niece and spent much of her childhood at the store.
Debbie’s mom died when she was 17, and Aunt Dolly stepped in and served a second mom for Debbie ... ad still does.
I got a Facebook message from Debbie recently, noting that Aunt Dolly had celebrated a milestone birthday, turning 90. Both she and Champ, who is 78, have had recent health issues, but are still enjoying every day to the fullest.
Cheers to Champ and Dolly ... the number of folks that passed through the front doors of their grocery store throughout the years is unthinkable.
Sarandrea back on bench, sort of ...
It’s been more than a decade since Sharon schools Supt. John Sarandrea was plying his trade as a highly-succcessful high school basketball coaach.
But the congenial Sarandrea was back on the hardwood Friday night for one night only – coaching the Sharon City School District’s faculty team as part of the Shenango Valley Urban League’s “Faculty Clash for Cash.”
The annual fundraiser, which helps to raise scholarship funds, was staged at Sharpsville High School this year. The game rotates among participating schools.
The New York City-bred Sarandrea was the coacch at St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School in the Bronx before coming to New Castle High, where he gave up coaaching to enter administration.
Jim Raykie is the executive editor of The Herald and writes this column on Mondays.