Archive - 2014
Mary Lynn Keller Sykes, 89, of 339 Dewey Circle, Ridgway, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 following a brief illness.
She was born July 28, 1925 in Yatesboro, daughter of the late Alice May (Morrow) Hoover and Lynn E. Hoover.
On June 12, 1950, she married Ralph W. Keller Jr. who preceded her in death May 8, 1975. On July 16, 1977, she married Ray B. Sykes who preceded her in death March 2, 2011.
Bernard G. "Bernie" Kilhoffer, 85, of 343 S. Ridge Rd., St. Marys, and formerly of Ridgway, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a short illness.
He was born on Aug. 20, 1928, a son of the late Bernard and Lucille Flegal Kilhoffer.
On June 27, 1953 in Sacred Heart Church, he married Kathryn "Katie" Wicks Kilhoffer, who survives.
BENEZETTE â€“Â Just over a month ago, Governor Tom Corbett signed House Bill 2169 into law. The bill, in part, created a special conservation license that could be chanced off annually to raise funds to benefit conservation and education efforts in Pennsylvania's Elk Country. Working together, in a span of roughly four weeks the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA) and Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) were able to raise over $150,000 selling tickets for the first ever Pa. Elk Tag Raffle.
BENEZETTE â€“Â It was a beautiful weekend in Benezette for the 2014 Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo, which was held at the Elk Country Visitor Center on Saturday and Sunday.
"We really couldn't have asked for better weather today," Elk Country Visitor Center Operations Manager Carla Wehler said on Saturday afternoon. "It wasn't too hot, wasn't too cold, and there was no rain. It was just a beautiful day and was a little bit overcast. We're pretty excited."
BENEZETTE â€“Â Of the 108 elk licenses awarded by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) during their annual elk license drawing, threeâ€“all for antlerless elkâ€“went to residents of St. Marys. This year's drawing was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in conjunction with the Pa. Great Outdoors Elk Expo at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. It was the first time since 2008 that the elk license drawing has been held during the Elk Expo.
The Elk County Catholic High School golf team won their first dual match of the season on Friday morning as they hosted the Brockway Rovers in a 9 a.m. contest at the Leaning Pines Public Golf Course. As Brockway only fielded five golfers, only the top five scores counted. The Crusaders won 217-275.
The Crusaders will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Punxsutawney to take part in the Punxsutawney Golf Invitational, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
KERSEY â€“ The timber industry was highlighted during Friday's Elk County Farm Bureau Legislative Tour, which was held at Northwood Resources, Inc.(NRI) in Kersey.
As part of the 18th annual tour, approximately 40 attendees gathered at NRI, situated off state Route 255 along Birch Valley Road.
Owner Michael Hoffman provided a tour and general information about the log yard and distribution center of cherry, red oak, hard maple and white oak logs. The company is a family-owned business founded in 2011. Hoffman has worked in the timber field for 30 years.
During this year's Pa. Great Outdoors Elk Expo at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, official event merchandise will be available, including the 2014 elk expo patch. Each year a different four-inch embroidered patch has been made to commemorate the expo, and individuals have had the opportunity to submit their photos of Pennsylvania elk in hopes of having one chosen to be featured on the annual collector's item.
This year's patch depicts a winter scene of a bull elk bugling and is based on a photograph taken by John Rihn of Glenshaw in December 2010.
Elk County Catholic High School defended their St. Marys-DuBois Golf Challenge title with a perfect score of 24 points on Thursday afternoon at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course.
Finishing in second behind ECC was DuBois Area with 14.5 points. St. Marys Area was third with 11.5 points, and DuBois Central Catholic was fourth with 10 points.
Policy for city employees, specifically dealing with accumulated sick time, was met with criticism from council members during a recent St. Marys City Council meeting.
Over the past several months City Manager Dave Greene has worked with Carol Muhitch, the city's finance director, and Lorrie Levenduski, city manager secretary, in creating an employee handbook.
The handbook remains a work in progress as changes need made to it, however council was presented with a draft of the handbook for their review.