AROUND TOWN: PSU Stars Coming To Hawley For Charity Signing

April 7, 2019

Just a reminder that Father’s Day is really just around the corner. And if your dad is a Penn State football fan, or if you’re just looking to add a collectible or two for your man cave, Gresham’s Chop House in Hawley is the place to be next Sunday from noon-2 p.m. That’s because Nittany Lions football alums, running back Miles Sanders, defensive lineman Shareef Miller, safety Nick Scott and linebacker Koa Farmer,will attend the event which will benefit the CJR Memorial Foundation. Take a spin through downtown Hawley and check out the playground built in Bingham Park by the foundation, just a piece of the good work the charity has done and continues to do. “I think it’s a good opportunity to come out and meet players and anything raised is going to a good cause,” said Joe Regenski, the foundations co-founder. “Kill two birds with one stone. “These would be great man cave gifts or Father’s Day gifts. We’re trying to get everyone to come out and get their favorite person something to enjoy that’s related to Penn State.” It’s the second year for the signing event, which last year saw three PSU players who attended move on to play starting roles in the NFL. “If you’re a Penn State fan, to get that up close, you normally don’t get that,” Regenski said. Visit the cjrmemorialfund.org page for a list of prices for photos, footballs, mini-helmets and replica jerseys for signing. Also, you can order online if you can’t attend. Coleman well above par Over the years of covering high school and local amateur golf, one of the people it was always a great pleasure to see was Joe Coleman Sr. Whether it was when he was coaching Seton Catholic, or bumping into him at Fox Hill or Emanon country clubs after his retirement, the conversation was sure to bring a smile. Joe was just that kind of guy. Maybe that’s why the golf community, in addition to his family and friends, are much poorer upon learning of his unexpected death one week ago. After his family, Joe cared deeply about local golf. For 32 years he served on the board of the Anthracite Golf Association, as secretary and on the scholarship committee. And for almost 20 years, he was chairman of the Lawler Junior Tour. “He was a true friend to golf, from coaching at Seton Catholic to volunteering his summers helping junior golf,” said Patrick Lloyd, Northeast Director of the Golf Association of Philadelphia. “He will be greatly missed.” Masters of the weekend As the parent of four rescue pups, I’d encourage you to come out to Pine Hills Country Club for the second annual Master Smoker captain-and-mate tournament. Slated for Saturday with a 10 a.m. start, the tournament will benefit the Humane Society of Lackawanna County. Cost is $120 per team and is limited to the first 60 teams, and includes cart, greens fees, lunch and cash prizes. Call the pro shop, 570-562-0138, for information. Hole sponsorships are also available for $75. Contact Nicole, 570-445-1250, or Ryan, 570-840-4647. It’s Masters weekend. What better way to celebrate than with some golf and post-round tournament viewing? Scholarship fundraiser Friends of Joe “Scappy” Mecca will conduct their third annual memorial fundraiser April 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at Stirna’s Restaurant. Tickets are $40 per person and must be paid in advance. Funds raised will help establish a scholarship to be presented to the Dunmore High School senior baseball player with the highest average in mathematics to further his college education. For information, contact Bill Schoen, 570-840-8265 or Gene Tempesta, 570-510-1945. Kudos, Collins Congratulations to fellow Times-Tribune sports writer Donnie Collins, who was honored at the Meet the RailRiders season-launching dinner Tuesday night at the Hilton in downtown Scranton. Collins was presented with a RailRiders Honors Award, recognizing his 17 seasons of baseball coverage, and DC’s dedication, as the plaque reads, as “an ambassador of baseball in Northeastern Pennsylvania and a steward of the game’s history.” It’s awesome to see someone so dedicated to his craft be feted in such a prestigious fashion. MARTY MYERS is a Times-Tribune sports writer. His Around Town column appears on Sundays. To contact him, email mmyers@timesshamrock.com, call 570-348-9100, ext. 5437 or follow him on Twitter @mmyersTT.