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Archive - 2014

June 1st

Crash near visitor center in Benezette

June 1, 2014

BENEZETTE TWP. – Two Bradford residents suffered major injuries Saturday evening on Homestead Drive near the Elk Country Visitor Center.
The crash occurred on at 7:28 p.m. as a 2013 BMW K1500 GTL motorcycle, operated by Daniel S. Hushon, 40, of Bradford, was traveling south on Homestead Drive. Hushon reportedly passed another vehicle and lost control of the motorcycle. It exited the roadway and both Hushon and a passenger, Ashley J. Beckwith, 30, also of Bradford, were thrown from the motorcycle.

St. Marys Historical Society opens in new location

June 1, 2014

It only took 54 years, but the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township is finally operating out of a location owned by the organization.
Construction on the building began last year, the society's collection was moved to the new building earlier this year, and the society officially reopened on Sunday afternoon with a special open house from 1-4 p.m. During that time, members of the community were invited to come tour the new facility, which is located along Erie Avenue, and see what all it has to offer.

SMAHS speakers convey hopes for classmates

June 1, 2014

St. Marys Area High School Salutatorian Catherine Riddle and Valedictorian Amy Orr reflected on school memories while imparting hopes for future successes for the Class of 2014 during the school's recent commencement program.
"I would like to extend appreciation toward everyone who has helped mold us into the people we are today," Riddle began.
Valedictorian Amy Orr compared high school to a roller coaster filled with ups and downs involving schoolwork, jobs, sports or personal matters.

Mary H. Jacobs

June 1, 2014

Mary H. Jacobs, 80, of 618 North Maple Ave., Ridgway, died Saturday afternoon, May 31, 2014 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 18, 1933 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Ben and Jennie (DeMucci) Marzella. She married William L. Jacobs on Feb. 12, 1955, and he survives.
She had resided in Ridgway all her life and was a 1953 graduate of St. Leo High School. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. Mary had been employed by Stackpole Carbon, the St. Marys Bakery, Cronk's Flowers and Fox's Pizza in Ridgway.

JoAnn S. Gnan

June 1, 2014

JoAnn S. Gnan, 71, of 518 Hickory St., Ridgway, died early Sunday morning, June 1, 2014 at Penn Highlands DuBois following a lengthy illness.
She was born Feb. 24, 1943 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Emil F. and Nellie R. (Briggs) Streich.
She married Benjamin C. Gnan Jr. on Feb. 19, 1982, he survives.
She had resided in Ridgway all of her life and was a member of the American Legion Post #208. She was a 1961 graduate of Ridgway High School. She was a longtime employee of Alpha Sintered Metals, retiring in 2008.

May 30th

SMAHS honors Class of 2014 graduates

May 30, 2014

Members of the St. Marys Area High School Class of 2014 capped off their high school career on Friday evening during the school's 118th annual commencement program.
Class President Rebekah Caretti acted as the Mistress of Ceremonies as she greeted her fellow graduates along with family, friends, and school administrators and school board members. She also introduced the evening's student speakers, Salutatorian Catherine Riddle and Valedictorian Amy Orr.

Used book sale moves to Fox Township

May 30, 2014

The Community Nurses' Used Book Sale For Hospice will be held at a new location this year: St. Boniface School, which is located along Main Street in Kersey. This year's sale will be held from Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 8.
According to Ann Bauer, who is co-coordinating this year's event along with Denise Kneidel, explained that the change in the location of the sale was necessitated after the St. Marys Catholic Middle School moved from its former location along Church Street into the Elk County Catholic High School building.

Corbett asks SBA for disaster declaration

May 30, 2014

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Brockway) said Friday that Governor Tom Corbett has requested a disaster declaration for areas in Elk County impacted by flooding last week.
"[Corbett] has sent a letter to the United States Small Business Administration to request a disaster declaration," Scarnati said. "This disaster declaration would enable residents and business owners with property damaged by the massive rains to be eligible for low interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Mary Virginia “Ginny” (Cochrane) Caldwell

May 30, 2014

Mary Virginia “Ginny” (Cochrane) Caldwell, 74, of Roanoke Rapids, N.C. died Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Halifax Regional Medical in Roanoke Rapids after an illness of the past several months.
She was born in Clearfield on Sept. 7, 1939 to the late Harry and Mary (Shannon) Cochrane.
In 1947 the family moved to St. Mary where Ginny attended the Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated from the St. Marys Central High School in 1957.
In 1958 she married Alfred Caldwell of Johnsonburg who preceded her in death.

Luke G. Zitzler

May 30, 2014

Luke G. Zitzler, 83, died after lunch on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Elk Haven. He was a lifelong resident of Vine Road in St. Marys.
He was born July 12, 1930 in St. Marys, son of Joseph and Leona (Hallermeyer) Ziztler. He married Mary Grace Schlimm, who survives, on Aug. 21, 1954.

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