Saturday, May 27, 2006


Millie Flyzik, the President of C.H.O.S.E., has sent this letter to the attendees of the First Annual Coaldale Tigers Football Symposium:

Thank you for your generous donation to C.H.O.S.E..

We plan many events throughout the year for the children of Coaldale and surrounding areas such as our Mini Olympics, which had its 25th anniversary in August of 2005. Each participant received a Mini Olympic Tee-Shirt and baseball cap. We also gave 6 bikes to lucky ticket holders who were between the ages of 2 to 13 years. We also have a Halloween Party for children and their parents with prizes, games, a D.J., and Bonds for costume entries, Santa at Christmas with presents for all the children and Breakfast in the Park for the adults in June.

Part of your donation will also be going for some new playground equipment. As the years go by, prices go up and it costs more to continue our programs. We have terrific soup sales and other fund raisers, but it is people like you that enables us to have these events.

Thank you again and God Bless You.

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Mildred Bottomely Flyzik
President, C.H.O.S.E.

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2006 Football Symposium
autographed footballs
Helen (Karish) Keller - Class of 1951
Ed and Thom
Moe, Kate, Anna, Stoffey
Frank and Ed Bill and Bob
Ed with his wife Fran
Bill and Bob Bob, Marge, Bil, Bill and Gerry
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It was great to see so many of my Coaldale teammates and friends. The time was short but the memories of the evening and all the past good times will be with us forever.

How can anyone ever thank the committee that put on this event. Magnificent!!

Best wishes and God Bless,

If anyone wants to stay in touch, my email address is


Many thanks and warm regards to all my Coaldale Tiger teammates.

Through much hard work and guided by the leadership of Coaches Geno Poli and Tom "DOC" Raymer, we finished the story of Coaldale Tiger football with our heads held high and our hearts filled with much pride. Thanks COACHES GENO and DOC!

1961 "Moe" Burns, Michael Danchak, Gerald Donovan, Evan Evans, Bill Evans, Bill Hedish, Bob Heisler, Danny Moyer, Jim McCartney, Don Popik, Jim Rajnic, Tom Sopko, George Stoffey, Joseph Terry, and Bill Zwiesdak. Managers Bob Bachorik, Frank Kassak, Jack Piech and Dan Zak.

1962 – Jack Evans, Rich DuVal, Bob Cheplick, Bob “Scubs” “Englehart” Urban, Larry Trubilla, and Tom Durich.

1963 – Doctor Bob Cipko, Walt Fedora, Captain Normie Nesterak, Tom Sabol, Jim Mock, Tom “Tucker” Moyer, Bill Edwards, Mike “Punch” Panchura, and Doctor Rich Miller. Manager Joseph “Babe” Popik.

1964 – George Hoffman, Ken Hoffman, Robert J. Hoffman, Thom Terry, Bob “Bogie” Griffith, George ”Perky” Priggins, John “Junior” Parfitt, Dave Danchak, Martin Kodlick, and Bob Winsko. Manager Ted Bortnick

1965 Panther Valley Graduates – John Molotzak, John “Sonny” Yankovich, Cal Herring, Bill Benyo, Rich Rajnic, and Doctor Joseph “Corky” Sweeney.

A note of thanks to Willie Pisko who was my first coach in organized sports at SS Cyril and Methodius.

In closing a special thanks to Bill “Angel” Donovan, Marian High School, for his life long friendship and sportsmanship and to all the other Coaldale Tiger opponents for making the football season in the Panther Valley a truly great spectacle over the years.

Best wishes,
Ed Kassak



Thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets and/or made donations to C.H.O.S.E. in conjunction with the autographed-football raffle at the football symposium.

On May 28, 2006, symposium committee member Tom Sopko presented to Mildred Bottomley Flyzik, the President of C.H.O.S.E., a total of $1,525 in the name of The CHS Football Symposium Committee and all symposium attendees. The presentation of the donated funds was photographed in front of the Tom Raymer and Joe "Chappy" Sharpe memorial, which is located on the Coaldale High School complex field.


A few of the guests have taken the time to send in their comments about the First Annual Coaldale Tigers Football Symposium:


“My Father and I had a great time! We look forward to the second and all annual symposiums.”

All Speakers and Ed Kassak did a wonderful job. Bob Parfitt was excellent with all facts and statistics, as usual, in conjunction with the great M.C. job."

"Glad to see guys like Ed Kassak get some recognition -- well deserved!!"

“It was a great night. I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

“Seeing guys that you hadn't seen in ages was worth the price of admission! Not only was the food good but it seemed like there was plenty of room for everyone.”

“You sure can be very, very proud of the hard work you did with the Committee in pulling the Symposium together. It turned out to be more than successful, it was terrific...and, THANKS FOR LETTING US IN ON IT...WE SURE ENJOYED IT.”

Thank you so much for all you did to make the symposium a success. It was a wonderful evening. I really enjoyed seeing folks I haven't seen in so long.”

“I think the whole affair went real well. What a wonderful group of people.”

“It was a wonderful evening. I only hope that it will continue over the years. It was so nice to see folks I haven't seen in decades. And the meeting was as though we had never been apart. It needs to continue, and I will do what I can to help.”

"Just wanted to say thanks and congratulations to...all the committee for putting on a really successful gridiron symposium. I'm sure it was a hell of a lot of work, but the idea was great, the execution was great, and I had a terrific time."

"What a great weekend. I'm so very thankful for all that you all did...Our family sure enjoyed our stay in the Coal regions, a weekend that we will never forget."