The Liberty Historical Society will honor two men for Man of the Year this year.
Neil DellArco, 95, and Peter Prokop, 87, will both be recognized during the Society's annual dinner to be held April 14 at the Mahoning Country Club. Cocktail hour will begin at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
DellArco, a co-founder of the Liberty Historical Society, has been married to his wife, Mary, for more than 40 years. He has two daughters from a first marriage and six grandchildren. DellArco and his six brothers all served in the military during World War II.
He was a teacher in the Niles School System and also has tutored students, has volunteered with St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen and has been lecturer, communion minister and usher with Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. DellArco continues to write a monthly article titled ''Lest We Forget'' in the local publication Senior News.
Peter Prokop also was a veteran of World War II, serving with the fourth infantry division, which landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day in France. Upon his return from the war, Prokop attended Youngstown State University and Kent State University, began a teaching career, became a basketball and golf coach with Liberty Local Schools, and received the Ohio High School Basketball Coaching Association Hall of Fame Award. Prokop also is enshrined in the Youngstown Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame, the Youngstown State University Hall of Fame in Golf, Liberty High School Hall of Fame, Trumbull Coaching Hall of Fame and the Howland Hall of Fame. In 1999, the Tribune Chronicle honored Prokop as basketball coach of the century.
He and his son, Douglas, have owned and operated an insurance business for more than 44 years. Prokop and his wife, Helen, have lived in Liberty for more than 57 years.
The Liberty Historical Society dinner also will include music by James Cerenelli, known as ''That Kat in the Hat,'' and will include a Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing.
Tickets are $20 each. For ticket information, contact Carol Faustino at 330-539-6591.