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The Telegram
  • Scarano to be honored at historical society’s Celebrity Roast

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  • The Herkimer County Historical Society’s second annual Celebrity Roast will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Knigts Inn of Little Falls.
    Based on last year’s event, organizers said the roast is a “comedic celebration and a great way to spend an evening, if you are looking to relax and have a good laugh.”
    This year’s roastee is Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Scarano.
    Organizers said “he is sure to take any jokes directed at him with grace and good humor. His sense of humor was made evident at last year’s roast of Susan Perkins, executive director of the historical society.”
    A lifelong member of the community, Scarano has been an advocate for Herkimer County as director of the Chamber for the past seven years.
    He graduated from Little Falls High School and shared 36 years of marriage with his late wife, Debbie Scarano, raising two sons in Little Falls.
    Scarano furthered his life experiences and service by attending and graduating from SUNY Cobleskill and serving six years with the Army National Guard. He has also held positions in finance and managerial leadership at Mohawk Data Science Corp., Little Falls Footwear and Curtains and Fabrics.
    Scarano has served his community with 15 years on the Little Falls Urban Renewal Agency Board of Directors, three years on the Little Falls Board of Assessors, 35 years of involvement with Little Falls Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion Baseball, membership in the Holy Family Parish Men’s Club and currently serving on the Herkimer Area Resource Center’s Advisory Committee, the Perkins Grant Committee at Herkimer County Community College, as a board member of the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency and a member of the Little Falls Rotary Club and Sons of the DeCarlo-Staffo Post.
    The line-up for the roast includes Lisa Betrus, chief executive officer and administrator of Valley Health Services; Assemblyman Marc Butler; Bob Casullo, who has a distinguished football career and is Scarano’s cousin; Kevin Crosley, president and chief executive officer of the Herkimer Area Resource Center; Stephen Smith, chief financial officer of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District and former Chamber president; and Joseph Cirillo, a local attorney who will serve as roastmaster.
    Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased in advance at the Herkimer County Historical Society, 406 N. Main St., Herkimer; at the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce, 420 E. German St., Herkimer; or from any of the roasters.
    Those who purchase a ticket will have their name put in for a drawing for a roast beef dinner for six with all of the trimmings donated by The Knights Inn.
    A roast commemorative booklet will be published. Anyone interested in placing an ad with a special message to the roastee can call the historical society at 866-6413 or find the details on their website at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyhchs/.
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