As Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Festival gets under way at 7 p.m. Friday, July 26, opening chairperson Clare Maluso has announced that Eugene J. Calcagni has been named Man of the Year while Elizabeth Mirone will be saluted as Woman of the Year. Also during the opening, scholarship chairperson Scott Schulick will award two $1,000 scholarships to students planning to attend Youngstown State University.
Man of the Year Calcagni was born in the Hollow in 1924, and raised on the Eastside of Youngstown. The son of Italian immigrant parents, Guiseppe and Marianna Pesa Calcagni, he was baptized, made his First Communion and Confirmation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, and has been a lifelong
member. He is an usher, a member and past vice president of the Vestibule Club, was named to the Hall of Fame of the Youngstown Morra League, and a member of ITAM Post #3. He has been involved with the church festival since its inception in 1999.
Calcagni graduated from East High School in 1942. He went into the Navy in 1943 during World War II. He was attached to the amphibious forces and saw combat duty in the South Pacific. After being honorably discharged in 1946, he married the former Antonette Popio and they have three children, Jean Marie Wargo, Joseph, and an infant son, Joseph who is deceased. They have five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Calcagni is a member of LSM Association, PT Boat Association, and LST Association. His hobbies are fishing, the Senior Citizen's Club at Mt. Carmel, planting his garden and spending time with his grandchildren.
Calcagni was employed with the Allstate Insurance Company in the claims department, and retired after 30 years as a property claims manager. He and his wife currently live in Poland.
Woman of the Year Mirone was born and raised on the Eastside of Youngstown, the daughter of Henry and Minnie Skarote. She graduated from East High School, and is a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, where she was baptized, received First Communion, Confirmation, and was married to John Mirone on August 11, 1956. They soon moved to Liberty, where they have lived for the last 52 years, and raised two sons, Dr. Paul (Priscilla) Mirone, and Dr. Gary (Rolande) Mirone. Mirone has three grandchildren: Ellis Paul, Dynara Delenn, and Luca John. She was active in the Liberty School District as a homeroom mother when her children were in attendance.
Mirone has served as the advertising book chairman on the Festival Committee for 15 years. Over the years she has served as chairman of numerous committees for the church and other community organizations. Currently, Mirone is the chair of the Evangelization, Bereavement Mass, and New
Member Mass committees, and organized greeters for special occasions. She is the current chairperson for the St. Joseph Feast Day, and has been a member of the Mount Carmel Spaghetti Dinner Committee for the past 24 years. Mirone also continues to volunteer for the St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen.
In the past, Mirone co-chaired the Our Lady of Mount Carmel cookbook twice, once with Alice Rossi, and the other with Kathy Zack.
The 15th annual Italian Festival will take place on the church grounds at 343 Via Mt. Carmel and runs July 25 through 28. The popular festival on the hill will kick off with its annual Little Prince and Princess event in the social hall at 7 p.m. Daily admission is $4 or a book of four passes for $6. Tickets must be be purchased in advance and are available at Rulli Bros. west and south, Jimmy's Italian Foods in Liberty, Trolio's in Poland, Cornersburg Italian Deli, and Lariccia's Italian Marketplace. Tickets can also be purchased by sending a check, along with a self address and stamped envelope, payable to: Mt. Carmel Festival, and mailed to 35 West McKinley Way, Poland, Ohio 44514
For more information, call Tony Trolio at 330-757-2779.