Archive - May 2011
Sunday's sunny skies and warm weather presented a picturesque backdrop for the 86 members of Elk County Catholic High School's senior class as they celebrated their graduation.
A large crowd of parents, families and friends gathered at the school for a morning Baccalaureate Mass and brunch, followed by the traditional graduation ceremony, which began at 12:30 p.m.
Prior to the start of the ceremony, Elk Catholic Headmaster John Kowach welcomed all in attendance during a brief address.
Elk County Catholic senior Megan Dornisch successfully defended her PIAA Class AA shot put championship on Saturday by winning the 2011 crown.
The PIAA track and field championships were held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University.
Megan won the 2011 event with a throw of 44â€™8â€ť. Aubree Ray of Middletown took second with a throw of 40â€™1.25â€ť. Dornisch won her 2010 shot put title with a throw of 45â€™8.25â€ť.
St. Marys native Lt. Col. Daniel F. Kuntz, U.S. Army, served as the Honorary Grand Marshal for this year's Memorial Day celebration, taking part in the annual parade and addressing attendees during the Memorial Day program.
As he began his remarks at Memorial Park in front of a large crowd, he noted that it was both a beautiful day and "great to be back in St. Marys once again."
MT. ZION â€“Â The Honorable Richard Masson, 59th Judicial District Judge, took part in the fifth annual Memorial Day Dedication at Mt. Zion Historic Park on Saturday afternoon, addressing the large crowd gathered about the plans currently under way for a Civil War memorial for the Elk County chapter of the Bucktails.
Masson began by commenting on the Historic Park in general, referring to it as a â€śwonderful facility.â€ť
The annual graveside services to honor war veterans were held once again on Monday morning in both the St. Mary's Catholic and Protestant cemeteries. This year's services were held at the graves of World War II veteran William Herbstritt in the Catholic cemetery and Korean War veteran Larry Bucher Jr. in the Protestant cemetery. The ceremonies were conducted by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1047.
Chester H. Huth D.D.S., 94, of 400 N. Michael St., St. Marys, died Saturday evening, May 28, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 2, 1916, in Gardenville, N.Y., son of the late William A. and Helen Pletscher Huth. On Jan. 29, 1946, in Pittsburgh, he married Marie Jean Schmitt, who survives.
He was a resident of St. Marys since 1962. He attended elementary school in Gardenville, N.Y., and graduated from high school in Buffalo, N.Y. He was also a 1944 graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Dentistry.
Terry L. Dietrick, 57, of 7 West Cardott St., Ridgway, died early Saturday morning, May 29, 2011 at DuBois Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
He was born March 19, 1954 in Ridgway, son of John P. and Charlotte L. (Lundin) Dietrick, who survive. On Nov. 2, 1974, he married Donna S. (Stauffer) Dietrick, who survives.
Angela Chew, a licensed clinical social worker who works part-time at Dickinson Center Inc. Possibilities Autism Center in Ridgway, is shown checking some of the facility's equipment used to help treat youngsters with the disorder. Photo by Amy Cherry.
In an effort to bring autism disorders to the forefront, Dickinson Center, Inc. is hosting its first Autism Awareness Charity Ball on Friday, June 3 at the Red Fern in St. Marys.
Elk County Catholic High School senior thrower Megan Dornisch won the PIAA Class AA championship in the discus Friday at the PIAA Track and Field Championships being held at Shippensburg University.
Megan threw the discus 141â€™3â€ť to win the title. She had been seeded second in the event with a distance of 134â€™10â€ť. Aubree Ray of Middletown, who was the top seed at states, placed second in the event with a throw of 137â€™2â€ť.
The budget proposed by the state House of Representatives would cut 10 percent of critical funding for services to victims of abuse and rape, forcing nonprofit organizations like CAPSEA, Inc. [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual & Emotional Abuse] to make serious cutbacks, according to CAPSEA Executive Director Billie Jo Weyant.
CAPSEA also provides legal assistance for people living in poverty to address such needs as home foreclosures, disability benefits, and homeless assistance.
According to Weyant this cut would revert the organization back to its 1998 budget level.