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Hockey tournament benefits local children battling cancer

DuBOIS — With the biggest turnout yet, the 2018 Randy Carlson Tournament benefited two young students of the DuBois Area School District who are battling cancer.

“I’d like to personally thank the Reynoldsville Rollerdrome, Dan’s Pro Shop and all the businesses and organizations that supported our tournament this year,” said Bob Anderson of the Xtreme Hockey League. “We are honored to support two local families with children who are battling cancer and proud to keep Randy Carlson’s memory alive by helping others.”

Anderson said the Xtreme Hockey League held the benefit hockey tournament Jan. 20 at the Reynoldsville Rollerdrome. A total of 15 teams and 75 players participated in the event. The rink and league were able to raise $2,200 to be donated to the families of Brock Roy and Maddox Hyde.

Roy, 7, was diagnosed in August 2017 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He developed swollen lymph nodes in his neck at the beginning of July. A biopsy the next month confirmed it was ALL. Since that time, he has undergone intense chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. These treatments will continue until May of this year. Afterward, Roy will enter a maintenance phase until December of 2020 when his treatments will end.

Hyde, 13, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was six. “Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that starts in certain very early forms of nerve cells found in an embryo or fetus. (The term neuro refers to nerves, while blastoma refers to a cancer that affects immature or developing cells). This type of cancer occurs most often in infants and young children. It is rarely found in children older than 10 years,” according to the American Cancer Society.

Randy Carlson was a member of the XHL before losing his battle with melanoma in 2005. His dedication and passion for hockey and life rubbed off on many of the players he competed for and against during his time in the league. The XHL has kept his legacy alive by holding the tournament in his memory and by donating the proceeds to a cancer charity in his name, Anderson said.

The tournament is classified as an ironman as teams are only allowed to have four players and a goalie. In other words, there are no subs allowed. These types of tournaments test skill and stamina.

The league first held the tournament in 2005 and 2006 in honor of Carlson. The event was resurrected in 2010 with the reopening of the Reynoldsville Rolledrome. It was then that the tournament began raising money for charity. The event only featured three skaters and a goalie in those years, Anderson said.

This year’s competition featured 15 teams and 75 players, the biggest turnout yet.

The tournament is held each year at the Reynoldsville Rollerdrome. Dave and Jennifer Schuckers, owners of the rink, provide free entrance for players for the event. Dan’s Pro Shop provides T-shirts at a reduced cost and members of the XHL and participate in the event. Anderson and his wife, Summer, are co-chairpersons for the tournament. Players and spectators make donations to raise money for charity. The event has raised nearly $8,000 and has helped to raise cancer awareness since that time.

XHL was started in 2001 in Brockway. The league moved to Reynoldsville to play at the Rollerdrome in 2011.

“We have players from 16 years of age up to people in their mid-40s,” Anderson said. “Our official season runs from May through August. However, we also organize fall and winter leagues that keep us playing pretty much all year round. In addition to our seasons, we hold the Randy Carlson tournament annually.”

This year’s tournament was won by the team consisting of Derik Day, Jarrod Currin, Joe Bussard and Mike Jacobson with goalie Adam McKinley.

Photo by Chris Wechtenhiser 

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DuBois official: Keep sidewalks clear of snow

DuBOIS — DuBois City residents and business owners are reminded to keep their sidewalks clear of snow after a snow event, said Code Enforcement Officer Zac Lawhead.

“People are not cleaning their sidewalks,” Lawhead said. “We give them 24 hours after the snow falls to clean their sidewalks. They’ve got to have a minimum 30-inch wide pathway and we’ve been targeting sidewalks even when there’s not snow on them so that people can still get around good, get out more in the communities.”

Those who do not clean their sidewalks in a timely manner are issued a fine.

“It starts out at $25 and then it can be increased. It will double every day that it’s not done,” he said. “I try to make phone contact, that’s the first step. And then a letter is sent.”

Many times older people are unable to shovel their sidewalks and Lawhead said he tries to suggest some resources for them.

“There are some church groups that will help and there’s some other people in the area that will help, or I talk to their neighbors to see if they’ll help them out to get it taken care of,” Lawhead said.

Once the city official makes contact with the person, Lawhead said he “tries to give everybody the benefit of the doubt that they’ll get it done,” he said.

Lawhead said there are some businesses in the city that don’t always keep their sidewalks free of snow.

“We’ve got some businesses that don’t do it, there’s downtown buildings that aren’t being cleaned, there’s along Liberty Boulevard that isn’t being cleaned, as well as residential areas,” said Lawhead, noting that “it is kind of a problem all over.”

Lawhead said a lot of what they are seeing this year is when people are shoveling their sidewalks, they’re throwing everything back out onto the road.

“It’s causing problems for the plow drivers and drivers in the area,” Lawhead said.

Also, Lawhead said people are using their snow plows on their pickup trucks and driving them on the sidewalks to remove the snow.

“The sidewalks aren’t designed to handle that much weight, so it’s going to cause problems, breaking the concrete up,” Lawhead said. “It’s just increasingly more this year, whether we’re paying attention to it more or it’s just getting to the point where that’s what we’re seeing more.”