Archive - 2014
Dennis C. Mertz, 55, of 558 Brusselles St., St. Marys, died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 at his home.
He was born Sept. 30, 1959, a son of the late Walter Mertz and Anna Mae Wilson Mertz, who survives, of St. Marys.
On March 14, 1987 in Queen of the World Church, he married Lynn Mosier Mertz, who survives.
Denny was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1977.Â He worked at Keystone for more than 26 years and had been employed at Morgan AM & T for the past several years. He was an avid golfer and bowler and also greatly enjoyed sports.
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St. Marys Area School District will soon offer two pre-kindergarten programs as a result of $9.8 million in early education funding released by Governor Tom Corbett.
South St. Marys Street and Fox Township Elementary schools will host the classes, with 17 students each.
The programs will be offered through Cen-Clear Child Services, Inc., based in Philipsburg, which received $265,472 in funding.
Pre-K Counts is a program which provides families with pre-kindergarten educational program choices offered in a school, child care center, Head Start or nursery school.
Mildred M. Fitch, 92, of Terra Cotta Road, Johnsonburg, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born March 22, 1922 in Kane, daughter of the late William and Edith (Hepler) Wichman.
On June 29, 1946, she married Allen A. Fitch. He preceded her in death in 2000.
She served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946 as Corporal in WAC 1560th SCU. She worked at the Dr. McCleary Lobo Wolf Farm and Holgate of Kane. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. She enjoyed walking and playing BINGO.
She was born and raised in Kane and had been a Johnsonburg resident since 1946.
Celine M. Singer, 85, of Elk Haven, St. Marys, formerly of 413 Clear Creek Rd., Emporium, died at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys,Â on Sunday morning, Oct. 12, 2014.
She was born June 21, 1929 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Andrew and Bertha Herzing Gerber.
On March 30,1948 in St. Marys, she married the late George J. Singer. He preceded her in death June 2, 1984.
Margaret M. Ticossi, 93, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Main Street, Kersey, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at Elk Haven.
She was born May 23, 1921 in Coal Hollow, daughter of the late Angelo and Clementine Porta Ticossi. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School. She was a retired employee of Speer Carbon.
Margaret was a member of the St. Boniface Church, the Rosary Society, and the Fox Township Senior Center.
She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and their families.
The Punxsutawney Chucks scored two touchdowns in the second half to come from behind to edge the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen by a 28-21 score in SMA's Pink Game.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch and the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader soccer teams battled for 100 minutes Friday afternoon and evening at the SMAHS soccer field only to see the contest end in a 1-1 tie.
The wages and hours of Title 1 tutors was brought to the attention of the St. Marys Area School District board of directors during their latest workshop.
"Somewhere between cafeteria monitors and custodians are Title 1 tutors and it just seems to me that's out of balance," said Matt Quesenberry, school board member. "I was just curious how it is that we arrived at that per hour wage and if we feel that's compatible with the responsibilities that we expect of those people."
Currently custodians wages start at $10/hour whereas tutors make $9/hour