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Archive - Jun 4, 2014

Residents seek help over ditch dilemma

June 4, 2014

FOX TWP. – Several Fox Township residents living on David Street have expressed their concern about a troublesome ditch running behind their properties which has been the cause of several issues.
The group was in attendance at Wednesday evening's Fox Township Supervisors meeting where they were adamant about finding a solution to the ongoing problem.

Summer Reading Program to kick off Saturday

June 4, 2014

Signups for the Summer Reading Program at the St. Marys Public Library are currently underway, and the program's kickoff event, "Fizz, Boom, Science with Sean," will be held at the library on Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
This year's theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read," and the programs and activities offered throughout the summer will all be geared toward science in some way.
"We'll be doing things on electricity and magnification and magnets and making tin robots. We have a lot of really cool activities planned," said Vicki Miller, who is in charge of children's services at the library.

Della Christine Swesey

June 4, 2014

Della Christine Swesey, 91, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, formerly of Emporium, died at Elk Haven Nursing Home on Saturday, May 31, 2014 afternoon following a lengthy illness.
She was born June 5, 1922 in Shawmut, a daughter of the late Oden and Della Lindenmuth Clouser.
On Dec. 10, 1945, in Winchester, Va., she married the late Vere "Jim" Swesey.

Kevin G. Petrocchi

June 4, 2014

Kevin G. Petrocchi, 53, of 104 Mark Ln., Kersey, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
He was born Nov. 8, 1960 in Ridgway, son of the late Joseph S. Petrocchi and Anna T. Pasi Petrocchi who survives of Kersey.
On Aug. 3, 1985 in the St. Mary’s Church, he married Mary E. Parana, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area, was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1978, and attended Penn State DuBois. He was an employee of Morgan AM&T with over 30 years of service.

Nicholas J. Cousins

June 4, 2014

Nicholas J. Cousins, 24, of 1410 Bucktail Trail, St. Marys, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Spring Run as a result of a four-wheeler accident.
He was born Jan. 2, 1990 in DuBois, son of Brian K. Cousins of Byrnedale and Dawn Gray Cousins of St. Marys. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 2008. He was an employee of Keystone Powdered Metals and was a former employee of Atlas for three years, working on oil rigs.

Summer seasons underway at area parks

June 4, 2014

Now that another school years has ended, summer seasons are once again underway at area parks.
Benzinger Park Director John Schneider reported that a number of activities at that location actually began prior to the end of the school year. The park's coed sand volleyball league for adults began on Wednesday, May 28, with the high school coed sand volleyball league and the men's basketball league opening their seasons the following day. The women's basketball league began play on Monday.

Jury finds Mt. Jewett man not guilty in rape case

June 4, 2014

SMETHPORT – A jury found a Mt. Jewett man not guilty Wednesday of all five charges linked with the alleged rape of former Mt. Jewett woman.
Paul Ray Swank, 33, of 7 Chestnut St., Mt. Jewett, had tears in his eyes after the verdict was read.
"I'm happy to get my life back and move on," Swank said as he left the McKean County courtroom following a three-day trial. 
He has a sense of relief because he said the charges have been "hanging over my head" since Nov. 2, 2012. Swank has been free on $100,000 bail.

Freda Alice (Thacher) Shutters

June 4, 2014

Freda Alice (Thacher) Shutters, “Alice” to most, died Sunday, June 1, 2014.
She was born on March 20, 1937 to the late Freida and John Thacher in Millstone Township, Elk County, in Pennsylvania.
She graduated from Ridgway High School. Alice wed Alvin Shutters Sr. on Sept. 12, 1959. She worked at Stackpole Corporation for many years, and later for BiLo grocery store.

Marie A. Schaut

June 4, 2014

Marie A. Schaut, 85, of Church Street, St. Marys, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility.
She was born Nov. 26, 1928 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Edward and Amanda (Wolf) Wolfel Sr. On July 31, 1948 in the St. Mary’s Church, she married her high school sweetheart, Paul J. Schaut, who survives.

Grace M. Foster

June 4, 2014

Grace M. Foster, 90, of 256 JT Lane, Wilcox, formerly of 219 Elk Ave., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday evening, June 3, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, following a short illness.
She was born Oct. 4, 1923 in Kane, daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Schenaback Thayer.
On June 11, 1955 in St. Callistus Church, Kane, she married Maurice P. Foster. He preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 1994.
She resided in Johnsonburg since her marriage in 1955 and attended Kane Area High School.

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