History of the Corning

During the summer of 1974 a group of local sportsmen met to form an association to honor local athletes. The initial meeting was held in a conference room at the Corning Leader, and the directors selected named the newly formed organization The Corning-Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame. The Charter Directors were Don Bonnell, Earl Briggs, Archie H. Hall, Frank Jordan, Lloyd Larson, Robert Shaddock, Harry Turbett, Clifford Wenck, Hal White, and Fred Wilcox, and the officers were Milton Paltrowitz – president, Frank Watts – secretary and Alton Vanderhoff – treasurer. They decided to initially honor athletes from the sports of Baseball, Football, Basketball, Softball and a Special category along with Contributors. The sports of Bowling, Boxing and Track were added in 1976, Golf in 1977, Wrestling in 1979, Lacrosse in 1981, Swimming in 1989, Soccer in 1995, Motor Sports in 1997, Volleyball in 1998, and Tennis in 1999. Originally it was also decided to honor athletes from three separate eras – prior to 1921, 1921 to 1950 and 1950 to the present. When the Bylaws were amended in 2000 these eras were eliminated as was the sport of Boxing, and the category of Track was changed to include Track & Field and Cross Country.

The first inductees in each category were as follows:

 

Baseball:   Leo Casey, Fred Coumbe, Bill Moore, Bob Lambert, Don Richards and Paul Colacecchi

 

Football:  Doug Bonham, Dick Riffle, Tom Flannery, Earl Briggs, Bob Bennett and Gary Wydman

 

Basketball:  Francis Frey, Bob Shaddock, Vieko Turevon, Harry Miller, Bob Loevan, Leroy Holmes and Ron Childs

 

Softball: A. J. Stivers, Ray Ward and Bob Crozier

 

Contributors: Truman Jacoby, Ernest Craumer and Ed Tarantelli

 

Special category:   The 1924 Rabbit Footed Five of Painted Post High School

 

Boxing:  Nick Faulisi and Jerry Miller

 

Track:  Wilburt Hyland and Karl Wisner

 

Bowling:  Herb Williams and Cleland Baker

 

Golf: Charles Keating and John McCarthy

 

Wrestling:  Stan Gridley and Joe Littleton

 

Lacrosse:  John Topichak and Tim Havens

 

Swimming: Suzanne Rahill Carmody and Michael Fenno

 

Soccer:  Jeff Horton and Dominick Ly

 

Motor Sports: Nile Hermans and Richard Sparling

 

Volleyball: Kelly Pease

 

Tennis: George Fero

 

On February 12, 1975 Joseph J. Nasser, mayor of Corning wrote the following to Milt Paltrowitz: Congratulations are rightly due to you and your group on the establishment of the Sports Hall of Fame. People who take part in spectator sports of all kinds, be they players, coaches or whatever, have helped to provide a great portion of the population of the city and area with untold enjoyment and excitement down through the years. It is fitting that those who have excelled in one way or another be pointed out and honored because of their abilities and accomplishments. This you are attempting to do. I am sure the people of Corning join me in thanking you and people working with you for your ideas and efforts.”Milt Paltrowitz served as president until 1982 when he was succeeded by Bob Box. Alton Vanderhoff was treasurer until 1978 when Phil Delisante took over, and Frank Watts served as secretary until 1981 when the secretary position was split in two – recording secretary and corresponding secretary. Frank continued as recording secretary until 2004 when the two positions were again merged and Larry French took over the position as the sole secretary. The position of Vice President was added in 1977 with Archie Hall taking on that role and serving until 1986.

 

The first Induction Banquet was held on March 2, 1975 at the Lodge on the Green, which remained as the banquet home until 1981 – with the exception of  1978, when the dinner was at the Corning Glass Center. The Corning Hilton Inn – later renamed the Corning Radisson – served as the home for the annual induction dinner from 1981 to 1995, and from 1996 to 2008 the banquet was held at the Painted Post Holiday Inn.    Starting with the 35th annual banquet in the 2009 the C-PP Sports Hall of Fame dinner was moved to the Corning Museum of Glass, and the plan for the foreseeable future is to keep the banquet at CMOG.

 

The first inductees were just given a certificate and had their names engraved on permanent plaques located at various sites throughout the community. Later, all new inductees were presented with a pin and a personal plaque. The permanent plaques were initially exhibited in the Erwin Historical Society in Painted Post and the First National Bank in Corning. Then in 1978 the plaques were moved to the club rooms at the Corning Y.M.C.A. They remained on display there until they were moved to the 2nd floor at the Corning City Hall in 1982, and from there they were relocated to the Painted Post Holiday Inn where they were exhibited from 1996 to 2008. With the help of Corning Enterprises, the Hall of Fame plaques finally got a permanent home at the Baron Steuben Place on Market Street in Corning in 2009, and the HOF’s Board of Directors is currently working on expanding this display. Starting in 1985 the Hall of Fame began recognizing outstanding high school athletes by awarding the George Bacalles Memorial Award to Diane Dodge from West (Basketball) and Bret Jacoby from East (Diving). Then in 1986 this awards program was expanded to include one male and one female student from each of our two local high schools.

 

Over the years many local sports enthusiasts and community leaders have served on the C-PP Sports Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors, but there have only been 4 Presidents: Milton Paltrowitz (1974-81), bob Box (1981-93), Andy Mowrer (1993-2003) and Oystein Ostebo (2003- present)

About the board and some history of the board of directors:

CORNING-PAINTED POST SPORTS HALL OF FAME

BOARD OF DIRECTORS HISTORY

FROM 1992 TO PRESENT

 

 

 

Just a little history about the Board of Directors since 1991. This information has been gathered from the annual Induction Dinner programs.

 

Current Board President Rich Fiacco joined the BOD in 2011. He served as a director until being named as President of the BOD in 2017.

 

Current Board Vice-President John Abercrombie joined the BOD in 2009. He served as a director until being named VP in 2010. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.

 

Current Board Secretary Larry French joined the BOD in 1991. He was the corresponding secretary from 1993 to 2004 when he was named as secretary. He has been doing the inductions since 1994. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.

 

Current Board Treasurer Barb Smith joined the BOD in 2016. She was named as treasurer in 2017. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.

 

Current Director Robert ‘Twaz’ Thompson joined the BOD in 1994. He has been doing the memorial to deceased members since 1999.

 

Current Director Lisa Freeman joined the BOD in 2008.

 

Current Director Brad Aulin joined the BOD in 2009. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame 2009.

 

Current Director Joe Tobia joined the BOD in 2010. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002. He is the program director.

 

Current Director Gary Waksmunski joined the BOD in 2010. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.

 

Current Director Irene Furness joined the BOD in 2011. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.

 

Current Director Colleen Crane joined the BOD in 2015. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

 

Current Director Robert ‘Bobby’ Downing Jr. joined the BOD in 2015. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

 

Current Director Derek McManus joined the BOD in 2015.

 

Current Director Nick Dobson joined the BOD in 2018. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

 

Frank Watts was a charter member of the BOD in 1975. He served as recording secretary from 1975 until his retirement in 2004. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

 

Don Bonnell was a charter member of the BOD. He served as corresponding secretary until 1992. He retired from the BOD in 1994. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981.

 

Bob Box served the BOD from 1979 until 1994. He served as President for the past 15 years of his tenure. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978. 

 

Tony Yorio joined the BOD prior to 1991 and served until 2003. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

 

Harvey Miller joined the BOD prior to 1991. He served as Vice-President from 1993 to 1996 and treasurer in 1997-98. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.

 

Andy Mowrer joined the BOD in 1992. He retired in 2007. He served as a director in 1992 and 1993 and from 2004 to 2007. He served as President from 1993 to 2004. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1988.

 

Joe Lesso joined the BOD in 1991 (or earlier). He served as treasurer from 1992 to 1996. He served as Vice-President from 1997 to 2004. He served as both treasurer and VP in 2003. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

 

Bill Suhr joined the BOD in 1992. He was the program director from 1996 until he retired in 2008. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

 

Randy Shutter served the BOD from 1992 to 1995. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.

 

Chip Schwartz served the BOD from 1993 to 2001. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

 

Ron Ash served the BOD from 1994 to 2002. He served as treasurer from 1999 to 2002. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

 

 

Sam Wheaton served as Vice-President in 1993. He was on the BOD prior to 1991.He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.

 

Sandy Ostebo served the BOD from 1994 to 2017. He served as President from 2003 to 2017. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.

 

Elwyn ‘Bim’ Van Etten served the BOD from 1994 to 1998.

 

Cyndy Adler served the BOD from 1997 to 1999. She was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1993.

 

Pat Lesso served the BOD in 1999.

 

Tillie Keagle served the BOD from 2000 to 2003.She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

 

Joe Lando served the BOD from 2000 to 2008. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.

 

Lou Fiorillo served the BOD from 2000 to 2005. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.

 

David Miller served the BOD from 2002 to 2017. He served as treasurer from 2004 to 2017.

 

Sharon Miller served the BOD from 2002 to 2015.

 

Larry Grimaldi served the BOD from 2002 to 2007. He served as Vice-President from 2005 to 2007. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

 

Joe Ruocco served the BOD from 2002 to 2008. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

 

John Yorio served the BOD from 2002 to 2006. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.

 

Allen Fusco served the BOD from 2002 to 2006. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995.

 

Margaret Roe served the BOD from 2003 to 2008.

 

Joyce Clark served the BOD from 2004 to 2007.

 

Steve Mandell Jr. served the BOD from 2006 to 2008. He served as Vice-President in 2007 and 2008. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

 

Jim Edmister served the BOD from 2006 to 2008. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.

 

Mary Ellen Clarke served the BOD from 2006 to 2008.

 

Tim Mandell served the BOD in 2008. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

 

Marshall Franklin served the BOD from 2008 to 2011

 

Linda Aulin served the BOD from 2009 to 2010.

 

Joe Stratton served the BOD from 2009 to 2014. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 as a contributor. He served as program director from 2010 to 2013.

 

Ericka Graves served the BOD from 2010 to 2016.

 

Steve Currie served the BOD from 2011 to 2018. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

Other Directors who retired in 1992 were Joe Daley, Bob Richter, Lou Condon and charter director Archie Hall.

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