Archive - Sep 6, 2011
BENEZETTE â€“Â Youth visiting the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette now have one more special "elk" to look forward to seeing. On Saturday afternoon, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA) officially unveiled "Benny," the mascot/ambassador for its new youth conservation education program.
"Benny is our youth program ambassador," said Elk Country Visitor Center operations manager Carla Wehler. "He will be the ambassador for our youth membership, our conservation program, things like that."
On Monday, the 59th annual Bennetts Valley Labor Day celebration contended with a constant rain, but event planners and attendees made the best of it.
Carl Smith of the Jay Township Fire Department, who has volunteered at the event for the last 40 years, said that while attendance was down Monday, Sunday saw record attendance.
"I think it's the weather today that's keeping people away. Yesterday we sold 107 armbands, we've never sold that many before," Smith said.
Elda M. Romanic, 78, of Bennetts Valley Highway, Byrnedale, died Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Nelsonâ€™s Golden Years of DuBois, following a lengthy illness.
She was born December 20, 1932 in Coal Hollow, daughter of the late Renaldo and Angelina (Bianchi) Gornati.
She married Andrew Romanic Jr., who died in 2000.
She lived most of her life in Byrnedale, was a graduate of Kersey High School and was a housewife.