Archive - Feb 24, 2011
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball team advanced to the District 9 Class AAA championship game by defeating the Clearfield Bisons by a 50-23 score last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Dutchmen will meet the Bradford Owls at a time and site to be announced by the District 9 basketball committee. Bradford edged the Punxsutawney Chucks by a 41-38 score in overtime. That game was played at Punxsutawney.
KANE - The Lady Crusaders of Elk County Catholic played an excellent game on Thursday night as they came up with a 59-46 victory over the Lady Wolves of Kane Area High in the District 9-A quarterfinals held at the Wolves' Den in Kane.
The Lady Crusaders never trailed in the ball game as they went out to a 6-0 lead early in the game and then held on for the victory. Three times during the game the Lady Wolves cut the Elk Catholic lead to one or two points, but each time the Lady Crusaders regrouped and pushed the lead back up to five or six points.
Dorothy K. Gapinski, 84, of 409 Second Ave., Johnsonburg, died Thursday morning, Feb. 24, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a brief illness.
She was born on November 7, 1926 in Johnsonburg, a daughter of the late Joseph E. and Frances M. Chiesa Marasco.
She married Chester "Chet" Gapinski on June 4, 1947 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg. He survives.
She resided in Johnsonburg all her life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1944.
Michael Allen Wonderly, 58, died on Feb. 23, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. following a brief illness.
He was born May 25, 1952 in Ridgway, the son of Neil and Marcella Stegar Wonderly.
He was the fifth of seven children, the only son, and man of the house from age 17. He was doted on in a house of seven women. Through high school, he worked for Charlie Steger Senior as a mason.
Rita W. Hnath, 92, of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 709 Vine Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 30, 1918 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Joseph and Amelia Werneth Wehler.
On Aug. 22, 1940 in St. Mary's Church, she married the late John T. Hnath, who preceded her in death on May 4, 1996.
St. Marys Area School District principals were recently presented with Keystone Achievement Awards, signifying each school's achievement in reaching adequate yearly progress (AYP).
South St. Marys Street, Fox Township and Bennetts Valley Elementary schools, along with St. Marys Area Middle and High schools, were among the state's schools receiving the awards.
The Jay Township Supervisors held a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss the township's health insurance policy. According to supervisor Francis Gustafson, the supervisors were recently informed that the cost for the policy was going to increase by about $900 per month and, in an effort to keep costs down, they hoped to find an alternate, cheaper policy.
Amy Groman, an insurance agent for St. Marys Insurance, also attended the meeting to answer supervisors' questions and to provide assistance as they considered their various options.
Jeff Samudosky, the popular carver whose larger-than-life wooden horse sculpture has taken the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous by storm, presented a seminar Thursday morning at Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and stressed the importance of both sharing ideas and finding your own way.
"I've just tried to figure things out on my own," Samudosky said. "A lot of these things that took me 13 years to do, I can show someone now in 10 minutes.
"We're all here to learn off each other and everyone has something to bring to the table."
Sandra Ann Prechtel, 49, of St. Marys, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Erie Wednesday on charges of tax evasion and mail fraud. The plea was entered before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Paradise Baxter.
The St. Marys area has a proud history of manufacturing, especially the production of powdered metal products for use in other industries. On Feb. 24, which is National Tortilla Chip Day, it seems apt to look more in-depth at MexAmerica Foods LLC, another local manufacturing company that is focused on making quality products, albeit edible ones.