The Grace Bible Church, located on University Drive in Dunmore, hosted its eighth annual Living Christmas Village for the community to enjoy on Dec. 3 and 4.
This free event for families featured live-music from Dunmore High School Jazz Band and Choir, Penn State Worthington’s Jazz Band and Choir, and the Serenity Harpists, as well as some other local artists.
The walk-through village included an interactive journey through Biblical times, games and crafts for children, puppets, a Live Nativity, hot cocoa and cookies and much more.
Shown from left: Brooke Eason, Abby Hunter, Megan Eason, and Jonathan Hunter
And Dunmore’s Charlie Terrery and his son Alex are living it in the Dunmore Freedom League at Sherwood Park.
Alex, a Dunmore High School and Penn State graduate, grew up in Dunmore learning about the game of baseball from his dad who mentored and coached him.
Never did Alex ever think he would get to play with him.
But in this “Field of Dreams” at Dunmore’s Sherwood Park, that is exactly what this father and son are doing this summer.
This father and son duo are doing their own rendition of Ken Griffey, Sr. and Ken Griffey, Jr. who once hit back-to-back homers while playing in the same outfield for the Seattle Mariners.
Charlie Terrery is show in the 1981 photo of the Ohio Northern University baseball team.
Charlie Terrery, 57, a pharmacist at Gino Merli Veterans Center, Scranton, is playing competitive baseball this summer with his son Alex, 24, in the Dunmore Freedom League. Charlie is more than 20 years older than the league’s next oldest player. Most of the players are between 18 and 30.
Still, Charlie has been able to compete at a high level and is closing in on 10 hits for the season after two recent 2-hit games in which he drove in three runs. He has been playing first base and DH.
He made sure he was in shape for the season and did not want to embarrass anyone. He wanted to compete with players 20, 30, and even 40 years younger.
“This has been great,” said his son Alex who played four years of baseball at Dunmore and four more at Penn State Worthington. My dad taught me everything about baseball since I was a small child. To see him doing it on the field and playing with me is icing on the cake.
“And he has played quite well. At first I just told him not to get hurt. But he has been very competitive. He hits the ball almost all the time. He rarely strikes out. He fields the ball clean.
“This has been a really fun time. He loves it. I think he is coming back next year. He is having a blast.”
Alex Terrery is shown here playing with the Penn State Worthington baseball team.
Alex, a 2011 graduate of Dunmore, was a first team all-star first baseman in his senior year. He was a second team all-star as a junior. He led his conference in hitting and gained all-star status as a junior at Penn State Worthington. He was a pitcher-catcher-shortstop-first baseman at Penn State.
Alex graduated from Penn State in 2016 with a B.S. in Information Technology and minor in Security Risk Analysis. He currently works as a computer analyst at TMG Health Care, Jessup.
Charlie is a 1977 graduate of Dunmore High School where he played four years of baseball as a center fielder.
He went on to play three more years of baseball at Ohio Northern University where he earned his Pharmacy degree. He was an outfielder-catcher there.
Charlie also teaches Advanced Pharmacology at the University of Scranton and University of Binghamton at SUNY.
Charlie played 20 years of modified softball in local leagues. He coached both of his sons, Alex and Jason, in Dunmore baseball leagues from T-Ball to Little League through American Legion. He was proud to watch his son Jason play in the state title game for Dunmore’s football team in 2007.
Charlie and his son Alex play for McGuinty’s in the Dunmore Freedom League.
He started thinking about playing again last summer while watching Alex play in the league.
“I thought I was still in pretty good shape to compete,” he said. “And I don’t like sitting. So I decided to give it a shot this year. So far it has worked out.
“My reaction time is a little slower and my legs are slower, but I can still compete.
“Alex was supportive and comfortable with it. I coached him from T-Ball right through Legion, so it has been great playing with him. My wife Faith has been supportive.
“I’m not embarrassing Alex, because I’m still hitting the ball and making the plays.
“It feels great to play baseball again. I always loved the game. I’m very comfortable on the field.
“And I will play again next year if I am healthy and can still compete.”
With this year’s mild winter, there is not much snow that needs to melt quickly in order for baseball and softball season to begin. Which is a great outcome for the spring Penn State Worthington athletes practicing for the upcoming season.
While every season is an important one, this one is special. It marks the first time athletes will dig their cleats into the dirt of the newly renovated Matt McGloin Baseball Field and UGI Utilities Softball Field.
The makeover that took place over the past few years was phase one of a three part multi-million dollar campus Athletic Facilities Renovation. Future phases include a campus wellness center, an auxiliary gym, and major improvements to the Multi-Purpose Building such as renovated offices, classrooms, restrooms, shower and locker facilities, and a new gymnasium. This will be the first time the Multi-Purpose Building has seen any work done since it was built in 1968.
For now, however, the baseball and softball fields are a much needed improvement. Before the renovation, the fields were not up to the standards of other local colleges. It was dangerous for athletes to play as there not a lot of dirt and a hard lip. In the outfield, there were many holes and divots. The fields were not regulation size as they were longer and bigger than NCAA rules. There was no scoreboard to keep track of the innings or score. The field lacked bleachers and a concession stand.
Now, there are scoreboards, dugouts, bleachers, a field house, a concession stand, and a sports information center. There are sidewalks to insure safety for those and a new parking lot to accommodate spectators and opponents.
While these fields are state of the art, none of it would have been possible if weren’t for a collective effort from the plethora of donors in the local community and former student athletes. Both fields, along with the scoreboards and dugouts, were named after campus alumni to recognize their generous donations to Penn State Worthington Scranton’s campus.
The softball field was named UGI Utilities to recognize the generous gift from the company. The Matt McGloin Baseball field was dedicated to the West Scranton native and former Nittany Lions quarterback and currently the quarterback for the NFL Oakland Raiders, Matt McGloin.
According to Penn State Worthington Scranton’s website, Mr. McGloin released a personal statement at last year’s ribbon cutting ceremony about the dedication.
“Having grown up playing baseball, and with baseball being one of my favorite sports, it’s truly an unexpected and terrific honor to have a baseball [field] named after me in the Scranton area,” he said. “I hope the Matt McGloin Baseball Field will inspire future athletes to excel in athletics.”
Many faculty and staff have expressed their feelings toward the three part renovation series. Jeff Mallas, Director of Athletics at Penn State Worthington Scranton, stated the renovation is an asset to the school and athletes, “The renovation is positive for our campus. It helps us and our student athletes.”
Mr. Mallas expressed that once phase two and three of the renovation takes place, the facilities will rival colleges in the area. With a sharper appearance to the campus, it could help to recruit athletes.
Mr. Mallas has high hopes for the fields, “It will be good for the community during the summer for camps, programs, and clinics.”
Assistant softball coach, Mar Tsakonas, has been part of the athletic program since 2009. This spring marks the first time ever that the softball team will be playing at home instead of Sherwood Park located in Dunmore.
“It’s a great opportunity to be playing on our home ground. We now have a place to call home, so there’s a greater pride that comes along with it,” Ms. Tsakonas commented, “Now it allows the softball team to show the campus the hard work they put into their game.”
With the convenience of a home field, it makes it easier on everyone involved. “It’s easier to practice and have a game. Before, we had to schedule all this time just to travel,” Ms. Tsakonas explained, “It puts us on the map now that we have our own facility. It adds a nice aspect to the campus for prospective students thinking about coming here. It also helps with recruiting too.”
While the faculty and staff are excited, so are many of the athletes. A few of the returning baseball and softball players are excited to step onto the field for the first time.
To celebrate the opening of this facility, the baseball and softball teams have been playing double-headers throughout the months of March and April.
The first home game for softball wass a double-header on March 24 against St. Joseph, followed on March 28 when Penn State Worthington Scranton played a double-header against Brandywine. On April 3, PSWS went up against Penn State Hazelton in a double header, and on April 19 is another double-header match against SUNY Delhi beginning at 3 p.m. PSWS plays a double-header against Penn State Beaver at 2 p.m. The final softball home game will take place on April 24, against Penn State Allegheny at noon.