Archive - Feb 2011
Former St. Marys resident Jenn Steele, along with numerous relatives including cousins Margie and Nick Fritz, Sara and Ray Shaffer and Christa Fritz-Gainar, all of St. Marys, were among those who witnessed the recent NASA Discovery space shuttle launch on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at 4:53 p.m. The pristine weather provided for ideal viewing of the launch along central Florida's space coast, home to Kennedy Space Center. The Expedition 26 crew's 11-day mission includes two spacewalks in order to conduct maintenance work and install new components.
The winter weather impacting the area Friday morning failed to deter residents from venturing to Dunham's Sports, which officially opened for business following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. The business is located along S. St. Marys Street in the storefront formerly occupied by St. Marys Chevrolet.
Dunham's offers a variety of recreational equipment, including athletic apparel, footwear, general athletics items, and hunting items.
Chainsaw Carver Brett McLain, 34, of Fredon, N.J., not only creates unique wood carvings but works to promote other carvers' work as part of his business, Freehand Custom Carving, which he established six years ago.
"We host carvers from all over the country and all over the world at our shop," McLain said. "We are continuing to create a budget to push the envelope of standard chainsaw carvings."
McLain is a veteran of the annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, having participated in the "vous" in the last 11 of its 12 years.
David A. (Zeke) Defranco, 58, of 341 Grant Street, St. Marys, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at the Canonsburg Hospital Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 7, 1952, in St. Marys, son of Fred and Monica Bauer Defranco, who survive.
On Nov. 16, 1973, in St. Marys, he married Cherre L. Conklin, who survives.
Carol Ann Timm, 59, formerly of St. Marys, died quietly at her home in Colorado Springs, CO, on Feb. 20, 2011 following a lengthy illness.
She was born on Jan. 3, 1952, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Robert A. "Rube" Timm and Helen Ambuske Timm.
Evelyn Mae "Beano" Imbrogno, age 85, of 70 Faries St., Wilcox, and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Friday morning, Feb. 25, 2011 at her residence.
She was born May 6, 1925, in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Herman W. and Mary Ellen McGonigal Nelson. On April 23, 1950, she married Peter A. Imbrogno in the Holy Rosary Rectory, Johnsonburg; he died on Jan. 4, 1989.
She resided in Wilcox since 1990 and had resided in Johnsonburg most of her life.
Three St. Marys Area Divers placed in the top four of the 2011 District 9 League Diving championships held on Friday evening at the St. Marys Area High School Natatorium.
Jake Burns of the Dutch recorded 402.30 points in his 11 dives to capture first place in the championship meet.
Teammate Justin Huey recorded 381.85 points to finish second, with Elliott Lauder of Clearfield taking third with 380 points.
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.