Archive - Jul 23, 2011
For many folks, it seems to be the simplest of tasks: "I can get into the grocery store and remember things without even writing it down," says Jim Bodien of Ridgway, "even if it is just two or three things."
Jim suffers from Huntington's disease, a genetic defect on chromosome No. 3 that has caused loss of memory, judgment, speech changes, personality changes, and has brought on confusion in his life. To simply remember those two or three grocery items is in itself a noteworthy achievement.
The St. Marys Little League Senior all-star team advanced to the finals of the Section 1 tournament with a 6-4 victory over Harborcreek Friday night.
St. Marys will now meet Crawford County this afternoon at 3 p.m. at Mt. Jewett for the right to advance to the state tournament scheduled for Emporium. If a second game is necessary, it will be played immediately following the 3 p.m. game.
Tom and Sue VanGiesen on Tuesday heard the worst news parents can ever hear.
Their 30-year-old son-- Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen-- had been killed in Afghanistan while serving with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
As can be imagined, it's been a painful four days for the VanGiesen family as plans still are being made for the soldier's funeral in Kane.
Despite their heartache and tears, the VanGiesens both claim their faith in God will see them through these darkest days of their lives.
Marguerite W. â€śMockieâ€ť Clark, 95, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 372 Chestnut Street, St. Marys, died Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the Elk Regional Health Center after a brief illness.
She was born May 31, 1916 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Stauffer Wiesner. She was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a graduate of St. Benedictâ€™s Academy and Lock Haven Teacherâ€™s College. She was a retired math teacher from the St. Marys Area School District. She was a member of the St. Maryâ€™s Church, the BPOE (Elks) Auxiliary and the St. Marys Country Club.