Archive - 2013
Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of articles based on a presentation given recently by local historian Ray Beimel on the history of the Diamond.
The biggest celebration in St. Marys' history took place on Aug. 7, 1919, and the festivities centered around the Diamond. It was a Tuesday and, according to local historian Ray Beimel, "nobody did anything that day but celebrate."
The summer program is ending today at the library for the Kane Elementary School and the Kane Middle School.
Chelsea Bloam, a St. Marys native, is the summer librarian. The library has been open this summer Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Richard E. Reitz, formerly of Wilcox, died on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Masonic Village Health Care Center, Elizabethtown.
Born in Ridgway, he was the son of the late Damon and Edna Green Reitz.
He was the husband of Elizabeth Mecca Reitz of Elizabethtown and his first wife, Verna Summers Reitz, who died in 1993.
He retired as a machinist in Palmyra, and also worked at the Johnsonburg Paper Mill. He was a member of Palm Lutheran Church, Palmyra and past master of Masonic Lodge #675 F&AM, Johnsonburg.
Anne E. Defibaugh, 82, of 432 Lookout Ave., Ridgway, died July 30, 2013, at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born May 27, 1931, in Port Allegany, the daughter of Gordan and Signe Erickson Edgar.
On February 23, 1952, she married Howard Defibaugh, he survives.
Mrs. Defibaugh was Methodist by faith. She had been employed by North Penn Gas Co., Hamlin Bank and Trust Co., and by Producerâ€™s Bank. She moved to Ridgway with her family in 1974. She was active with the Bloodmobile, American Cancer Society, Hospital Aux. Thrifty Shop and she was on the Board of the Elk County Historical Society.
That is what Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) had to say regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline during a visit to Elk County earlier this week.
The project, which according to the website keystone-xl.com, "is a proposed 1,179-mile, 36-inch diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Neb."
Anna L. Anderson, 98, of 116 Dagus Mines Road, Kersey, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility in Ridgway after a brief illness.
She was born February 12, 1915 in Kersey, daughter of the late Claus and Clara Anderson.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School, Class of 1933.
She also attended Grace Martin Secretarial School in Pittsburgh. She was a retired employee of Keystone Powdered Metal Company.
Editor's note: This is the third in a series of articles from a presentation recently given by local historian Ray Beimel on the history of the Diamond.
Local historian Ray Beimel noted that while many older community members associate the old bandstand with the Diamond, it was actually "one of those relatively short-lived phenomena" and only in place for 23 years.
Memorial Park will be holding its first ever Mario Kart tournament on Sunday, Aug. 4 beginning at 5 p.m. at the scout house located near the park's basketball courts. The double elimination team tournament will be played on Nintendo 64 game systems.
Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) was in Elk County for a brief luncheon at the Red Fern on Monday afternoon with community representatives and elected officials. During that time he spoke briefly on some of the pressing matters he is involved with in Washington, D.C., among them H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, which would reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is also commonly known as No Child Left Behind.
The 80s are being resurrected for the 12th Annual Wing Fling, sponsored by Farmers National Bank and the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.
"This year we thought we would do something different so we went with an 80s theme," said Ashley O'Dell, chamber outreach coordinator.
The event is taking place on Market Street in downtown St. Marys on Friday, Aug. 16 from 6-10 p.m.