Archive - Mar 2011
Teachers throughout St. Marys Area School District are among thousands across the nation participating in the Newspaper In Education (NIE) program.
Currently there are eight schools and 29 classrooms participating in The Daily Press' NIE program this year.
Since its founding in the 1930s, the program has concentrated its efforts on attracting youth readership and training teachers to integrate newspapers into curriculum.
From teachers to tutors, they all find the newspaper a helpful teaching tool inside their classrooms.
Mary Louise Yonkie, 81, of 23 Apollo Dr., Brockport, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born Nov. 14, 1929, in Challenge, the daughter of the late Walter S. and Mary
G. Trumbull Smith.
On Sept. 29, 1951, she married Harry L. Yonkie, who preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 2003.
A Kersey resident for most of her life, she moved to Brockport, five years ago. She had been employed at the Fox Twp. Elementary School from 1973 until her retirement in 1996. Mrs. Yonkie enjoyed playing cards, traveling and spending time with her family.
Helen B. Linder, 87, of 326 Bingham Rd., Ridgway, died Tuesday evening, March 15, 2011, at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 12, 1923 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Barney and Josephine (Kolinoski) Piurkoski.
She married Paul R. Linder on Nov. 1, 1952, who survives.
She had resided in Ridgway since 1952 and was a past member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Johnsonburg, and a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Ridgway. She had been employed by Sylvania in Emporium for over 20 years.
Josephine E. (Potempa) Copello, 86, died on Monday, March 14, 2011 at her residence.
She was born May 30, 1924 in Tyler, daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Delanta) Potempa.
She married Charles A. Copello, who preceded her in death in July 1970.
She worked worked as a sales clerk for Burlington Coat Factory and The Bon Ton, where she retired from. She was a graduate of Penfield High School.
The St. Marys Area High School Winter Sports Banquet was held Tuesday night honoring those student-athletes who participated in boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ basketball, gymnastics, wrestling and boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ swimming, along with the varsity cheerleaders.
Following dinner in the cafeteria, the group adjourned to Carpin Auditorium for the awards portion of the program.
Activities Director Terry Straub welcomed everyone to the affair in the auditorium.
CLARION - The Elk County Catholic Crusaders basketball season came to a close on Tuesday night as they were defeated by the District 7-2 Lincoln Park Charter School by a 66-47 score in the second round of the PIAA State Class A Playoffs held at Clarion University.
Kim Bonfardine of the county's Conservation District reported Tuesday morning that county officials have acquired over $200,000 worth of grant money for water testing.
"The project's purpose is to set up and get data on the industries that are moving into the area," Bonfardine said. "We won't just be monitoring for Marcellus Shale but also other things as well. We're very lucky to get a lot of partners for their support.
Vollmer enters into Pretrial Intervention/Deferred Prosecution Agreement
LEE COUNTY, Fla. â€“Â According to information obtained from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, John Joseph Vollmer, 64, of St. Marys, was recently entered into a Pretrial Intervention/Deferred Prosecution Agreement in relation to charges of soliciting another for lewdness assignation, first offense, which were filed against him on Feb. 24.
The Guidance Center in DuBois has been affiliated with the national Big Brothers Big Sisters organization since 1990, with the program having been in place in Elk County since 2001.
One successful match, who have been together for eight or nine years, are Mary Meyer of St. Marys and Molly Zemla of Kersey. Mary is employed through the Advancement Office of the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS), while Molly is currently a junior at St. Marys Area High School.
The St. Marys Area School Board of Directors approved a list of items during their regular meeting held Monday evening. Among them was a resolution opposing Senate Bill 1, which would implement a tuition voucher program within the Commonwealth. The board voted unanimously to approve the resolution opposing the bill.