Archive - 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.
Michelle R. "Missy" Catalone, 47, of 122 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys, died on Monday, June 2, 2014 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey following a lengthy illness.
She was born Oct. 30, 1966, a daughter of Rocco "Rocky" Catalone of Palmyra and Karen Anders Lenze of St. Marys.
Missy was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of SMAHS. She attended St. Agnes Church and had a great love for animals, especially her dog, Bailey. She loved music and her family, and always enjoyed spending time with them.
The downtown St. Marys hotel project took a leap forward on Tuesday as a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the future site of Cobblestone Hotel and Suites, situated on the corner of Fourth and Depot streets.
The $6.5 million project is an endeavor spearheaded by local project developer Todd "Booka" Hanes of Creekside Hospitality which includes partners John Schatz, Mike Faulk and Dean Hanes.
Construction is slated to begin the first week of July with an anticipated opening the first week of January.
RIDGWAY â€“ A Ridgway man is set to go to trial at Elk County Courthouse on Thursday, June 5 on charges of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault on a person less that 16 years of age.
Charges were filed in September 2013 against Brandon James Ecklund, 23, of 4236 Grant Rd., Ridgway. Police report that on Aug. 20, 2013, the victim's mother came into the Ridgway Borough Police station with her daughter, 14, to report that her daughter had had sex with Ecklund, who was 22 at the time.
RIDGWAY â€“ Elk County residents may soon see some relief in the form of low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) following a disastrous flooding incident that ravaged the area two weeks ago.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch advanced to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA tournament with a 5-4 victory over the Mars Fightin' Planets Monday afternoon at the Brockway Area High School field. Mars was the District 7 runner-up.
It might not have been pretty, but the Elk County Catholic Crusaders kept their undefeated season alive with a 3-2 victory over Sewickley Academy on Mondzay afternoon to advance to the PIAA Class A quarterfinals.
St. Marys City Council members discussed a variety of issues during their Monday evening work session. Among the topics of concern were smoke testing of the sanitary sewer lines, parking legislation, the city's stormwater management plan and more.
Councilman Ned Jacob encouraged residents to attend the July council meeting when council plans to vote on the ordinance so they may offer their comments on the topic.
"This is going to affect everyone in St. Marys," Jacob said.
Councilman Greg Gebauer added that citizens both in favor and opposed to the ordinance should attend the meeting.
Elk County and its 12 municipalities will benefit from over $1 million in funding from Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fees and greenways funding.
At the county level, the impact fees distributed totals $350,665.54 along with greenways funding totaling $30,233.25.
The county commissioners in early May announced the establishment of a grant program designed for the redistribution of a portion of their allocation of the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for local projects.
Lifeguards at the St. Marys Community Pool lingered after the facility had closed for the day on Sunday evening to take part in their annual emergency inservice training. Aided by EMTs from the St. Marys Area Ambulance Association, lifeguards took turns at three different stations set up around the pool to brush up on back-boarding protocol and CPR techniques.