Archive - May 2011
Bucktail Lodge 96 and William Hanley Lodge 67 of the Fraternal Order of Police conducted their annual Fallen Officers Memorial Service on Friday afternoon in the auditorium of Elk County Catholic High School. The event is held at a different location each year on or around May 15, which is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and also corresponds with Police Week.
Parishioners, students, teachers, parents and alumni gathered together on Saturday evening in celebration of the 125th anniversary of St. Boniface Catholic School and Parish, located along Main Street in Kersey, Fox Township.
The anniversary celebration began with a Mass at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner held inside the school cafeteria.
St. Boniface School Principal Marie Giazzoni welcomed all in attendance, including the Most Rev. Donald Trautman, bishop of the Erie Diocese.
Elk County C.A.R.E.S. hosted "A Community Meeting" Friday evening at the Ridgway Area High School cafeteria for the public to discuss the ongoing concern over the Marcellus Shale drilling.
Johnsonburg Area High School chemistry teacher David Keith began the meeting with a PowerPoint presentation outlining the history, outlook and risks associated with the gas well drilling.
According to Keith, the first hydraulic fractured well was drilled in Pennsylvania by Range Resources in 2003.
Herbert R. "Red" Geyer, 94, of 405 Center St., St. Marys, died at Elk Regional Health Center on Sunday, May 15, 2011 following a short illness.
He was born Nov. 5, 1916 in St. Marys, a son of the late Albert and Matilda Bauer Geyer.
On May 17, 1941 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Rita Seifert Geyer, who survives.
Janice S. Wilson, 74, of West Center Street, Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor following a brief illness.
She was born October 2, 1936 in Ridgway, son of the late Leo â€śPatâ€ť and Carolyn (Harriger) Divany.
Officials in the Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 are hard at work fundraising to create an endowment for assisting in this year's Youth Outdoor Adventure scheduled for Sept. 16-18.
"It all started with a dream to take local terminally ill or permanently disabled youth on outdoor adventures," said Jane Bryndel, a Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 member and treasurer also charged with publicity responsibilities.
"We feel we are ready for our first event this September. These events will be a unique experience to the selectee, and will provide a fulfilling and memorable experience to the family."
Andrew Patrick, 85, of 313 Clarion Rd., Johnsonburg, died on Wednesday evening, May 11, 2011 at his residence.
He was born on Feb. 2, 1926 in Wilcox, son of the late John and Mary Yankovich Patrick.
He married Marion A. Sprague on July 5, 1952 in Sheffield. She died on Oct. 10, 1990.
He resided in Johnsonburg most of his life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church and Central Hose Co.
He was a Navy veteran, having served in World War II in the Pacific Theater as a Seaman 1st Class with the 10th Beach Battalion and aboard the USS Griggs.
The Jay Township Volunteer Fire Company, which serves both Jay and Benezette townships, is attempting to proactively combat its declining membership by holding an informational meeting for individuals who may be interested in volunteering in an emergency or non-emergency setting. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the township fire hall on Cleveland Street.
According to fire chief John Schneider, the declining membership is due both to members retiring and to a general loss of interest in the department by the community.
Indoor performance groups from Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area high schools turned in impressive performances during the culmination of their seasons at the Atlantic Coast Championships recently held in Wildwood, N.J.
Each SMA group finished in the top 10 of their class, with the dance team bringing home top honors and a championship banner for the eighth time in nine years. The colorguard placed eighth out of 13 units, while the drumline placed ninth out of 21 units.