Min­ersville Spirit Day

An­nual Spirit Day set for Sun­day in Min­ersville

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY EDI­TOR

Min­ersville res­i­dents will cel­e­brate their com­mu­nity this week­end, high­lighted by a pre­sen­ta­tion for goldmedal achieve­ments.

The 22nd an­nual Spirit Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun­day on North Street, from Sec­ond to Fourth streets. The even­twill fea­ture en­ter­tain­ment and ven­dors, in­clud­ing school or­ga­ni­za­tions, booster clubs, civic groups, crafters and busi­nesses. It is or­ga­nized by the Min­ersville Spirit Day Com­mit­tee, which is made up of Amy Eades, Ann Marie Zeth and Jerry Sitkus.

The main at­trac­tion will be a pre­sen­ta­tion hon­or­ing the Min­ersville Area High School girls’ basketball and softball teams, who both won state cham­pi­onships this year. The cer­e­mony will be­gin at noon on a stage in front of the high- rise apart­ment com­plex. Shawn Fitz­patrick will serve as mas­ter of cer­e­monies. Lo­cal of­fi­cials and dig­ni­taries sched­uled to at­tend to honor the teams are state Sen. David G. Ar­gall, R- 29, Rush Town­ship, and state Reps Mike Tobash, R- 129, Pottsville, and Neal P. Good­man, D- 123, Ma­hanoy City, aswell as Schuylkill County com­mis­sion­ers Chair­man Ge­orge F. Hal­co­v­age. The booster clubs will also be present sell­ing state cham­pi­onship T- shirts.

Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, the Big and Bad Rock­a­billy Cats will take the stage un­til 3 p.m ., fol­lowed by Steven Mass er Acous­tics un­til 5 p.m.

En­ter­tain­ment will be held all day on Third Street high­light­ing lo­cal youth tal­ent. Mary­beth’s Gym­nas­tics will kick off the event at 10 a.m ., fol­lowed by the Min­ers ville Area High School Band at 11 a.m. and the Artists in Mo­tion Per­form­ing Arts at noon. The Crim­son Academy for the Per­form­ing Arts will­make their de­but at 1 p.m ., with the Broesler School of Ir­ish Dance to per for­mat 3 p.m.

Eades said they had 35 ven­dors as of Wednesday. She said the or­ga­niz­ers will find room for any­one look­ing to par­tic­i­pate un­til Satur­day. Spa­ces are $ 15 and are avail­able to school or­ga­ni­za­tions, booster clubs, civic groups, churches, crafters, hob­by­ists and busi­nesses. In­ter­ested groups should email them­den­store@com­cast.net for a reg­is­tra­tion form or call or text Eades at 570- 292- 9895 for in­for­ma­tion.

As with any out­door event, weather can play a fac­tor, although it ap­pears Min­ers ville Spirit Day will get a break from the week’ swet weather. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, sunny skies are ex­pected with a high near 70.

For up- to- date in­for­ma­tion, visit the “Min­ersville Spirit Day” Facebook page. Con­tact the writer: eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570- 628- 6003.

DAVID MCKE­OWN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Rep. Neal Good­man, R- 129, Ma­hanoy City, honors the 2016 Schuylkill West teener league team, which won the 2016 state tour­na­ment, dur­ing last year’s Spirit Day in Min­ersville. This year, the Min­ersville Area High School girls basketball and softball teams will be hon­ored for win­ning state cham­pi­onships.

DAVID MCKE­OWN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Toni Plesnarski, Cass Town­ship, left, and Shirley Kostek, Min­ersville, pre­pare dishes at the God’s Boun­ti­ful Ta­ble Soup Kitchen stand at last year’s event.

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