Archive - Jun 2012
While fundraising efforts by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce continue for the 2012 Fireworks Fund, this year's display promises to offer a better overall show with the debut of an electronic firing system.
Starfire Corporation, which has been shooting the St. Marys show since 1988, plans to utilize FireOne, an advanced digital computer program integrating both a firing and choreography system.
The Elk County Conservation District will enter into an agreement with the Sinnemahoning Cooperative Weed Management Area to focus an invasive and noxious weed management project primarily within the Sinnemahoning Watershed.
According to District Manager Steve Putt, the Bucktail Watershed Association obtained a grant through the federal government for the weed management project.
Putt noted that he has been working with the Bureau of Forestry, Pa. Game Commission and Sinnemahoning State Park for the past year.
Mary Grace Kriegish, 82, of 409 Willow St., Johnsonburg, died on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at her residence following a lengthy illness.
She was born on July 2, 1929 in Weedville, daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Alice DeLullo.
She married Richard E. Kriegish on Jan. 3, 1948 in St. Joseph Church in Force. He preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 1991.
Mrs. Kriegish resided in Johnsonburg since 1947. She graduated from Jay Township High School and from the Ora Jean Beauty School of Erie.
Locals meet Warren tonight at Benzinger Park
The St. Marys Little League Softball Major League All-Star squad stayed alive in the District 10 tournament with a 26-0, four-inning victory over the Brockway squad Saturday afternoon at Benzinger Park.
The St. Marys squad will meet Warren this evening at 6 p.m. at Benzinger Park in an elimination game. Warren eliminated Brookville by a 3-2 score Saturday afternoon.
The St. Marys American Legion Post 103 squad picked up a pair of victories over Port Allegany on Saturday in a doubleheader played at Berwind Park. St. Marys won the first game 10-0 in five innings, and went on to take a six-inning 15-5 win in the nightcap.
The victories snapped a three-game skid by St. Marys, who dropped a pair of contests to Wilcox earlier in the week and then fell to Smethport on Friday evening.
Bob Coppolo of Weedville said when he was recently approached by gas company representatives seeking access to his land, he balked at the idea of signing on the dotted line without first reading through the fine print.
"I was approached by at least two different companies. One guy had an easement and wanted me to sign it. I said, 'I'm not signing it, I want to read it,'" Coppolo said.
Coppolo equated the signing of an easement, a legal agreement which grants gas companies access to a landowner's acreage, with "signing your property away."
St. Marys City Council has approved the termination of a 16-foot land and water line easement which cuts through Mersen property.
City Manager Dave Greene explained the city has a 1.1-acre tract of land, also known as Environmental Drive, on which they built a road. For this reason, as far as the city is concerned, they do not need the water line easement, which is on Mersen's property, he said.
A fire early Saturday morning claimed the life of an 89-year-old Ridgway woman and destroyed a Center Street home.
A preliminary investigation has not yet determined the cause of the fire; however, officials are saying it is not suspected to be arson.
No school and warm weather bring out the bicycles, and both young and old alike should be reminded of some common-sense practices for safe riding.
David Marconi and Drew Lehman, patrolmen with the City of St. Marys Police Department, said there is one hard-and-fast rule that parents and youngsters need to remember.
"The first thing is, kids 12 and under are required by law to wear helmets," Marconi said. "We encourage everybody to wear a bike helmet, but 12 and under are required to [by state law]."
He said kids riding scooters should also wear helmets for their protection.
Stephan Hoyt Stump, 41, of Rose St., Johnsonburg, died Thursday, June, 21, 2012 at UPMC Presbyterian of Pittsburgh following a short illness.
He was born Feb. 4, 1971 in Ridgway, the son of Clifford Stump and Barbara (Redmond) Kronenwetter.
Stephan was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1989, and attended Penn State main campus for several years. He lived most of his life in Johnsonburg, spending some time in DuBois, the Poconos and State College.