The first East Utica Italian Spelling Bee, conceived by Father Jim, took place Friday evening, March 24, in the church auditorium. About 60 people attended and watched contestants try to spell so-called Italian words and use them in a sentence. Contestants were Anthony Laria, Scott Perritano and Vito Valenzi. The judges were Mario Scalzo and Joe Siniscarco. Photos courtesy of Scott Bolen and Jamie Valenzi.