2006 – MERITORIOUS SERVICE
“The Scribe of Burgettstown” Jim began his writing career as a student at Union High School writing for the school newspaper, 1949-1953. In 1953 he wrote sports and local events for the Burgettstown Enterprise newspaper. He was a sports writer and booster for the Burgettstown Community for 47 years.
During his career he was involved in sports as a participant, coach, fan and sports writer. He served in the U.S. Army for 2 years, named “Soldier of the Month” in May 1960 and wrote a regular column, “I’m in the Army Now” for the Burgettstown Enterprise newspaper.
Jim was active in Burgettstown’s Little League baseball since it’s origin in the 50’s and served as Secretary and Commissioner. He helped organize the local softball league in 1957 and was League Secretary for many years. Active in the Booster Club and was it’s Secretary, also helped organize the Burgettstown Blood Bank, Founder of the Old Timers Baseball game and Old Timers Wrestling Match.
Dallara was a Keystone Press Award winner in 1964 and 1967. The VFW’s Citizen of the Year Award in 1965 and was awarded a citation from the VFW for the Voice of America Broadcast Script Writing program in 1986.
Jim was a class individual, a humble man, dedicated to his paper, sports and the people of Burgettstown.