June 7th, 2015
KERSEY â€“ Overcast conditions early Saturday morning gave way to sunshine and warm weather, providing ideal conditions for this yearâ€™s Relay for Life of Elk County which was held at Fox Township Community Park from 9 a.m. on Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday. The theme of this yearâ€™s event was Mardi Gras â€“ A Celebration of Life.
While walkers began making their way on the pathways at the park at 9 a.m., the eventâ€™s opening ceremony did not take place until 11 a.m. At that time, Bill Babik, event chairman, took to the stage to welcome all those who were participating in this yearâ€™s Relay for Life.
KERSEY Ââ€“ Nate Assalone was the featured speaker at this yearâ€™s Relay for Life of Elk County, and he briefly took to the stage at Fox Township Community Park on Saturday evening to share the story of how he defied the odds to become a 13-year cancer survivor.
When Assalone, 36, stepped up to the microphone, he joked that he had only agreed to speak because he had been told there were supposed to be funnel cakes at the event.
"There are no funnel cakes, just so you know," he said to the crowd gathered around the stage. "I'm very disappointed."
St. Marys Area High School Class of 2015 valedictorian Samantha Candalor and salutatorian Angela Frey imparted wise words to the fellow graduates in their speeches during the school's annual commencement program.
Salutatorian and class vice-president Angela Frey recollected class memories and looked to the future as she addressed her classmates, family, friends, and faculty.
On Friday evening, Straub Brewery celebrated the efforts and dedication of the eight Elk County volunteer fire departments during their summer kickoff party.
Each department will receive a one-time donation from the newly-created Elk County Firefighters Fund established by Straub Brewery, which has raised $34,781.15.
The catalyst behind establishing the fund to support local fire departments followed a Feb. 27 blaze which destroyed the brewery's maintenance building.
The left lane of North St. Marys Street along the Diamond in downtown St. Marys was blocked off Friday due to a deteriorated portion of the road which was washed away during recent rainfalls. PennDOT crews were on scene Friday evening to repair the road. The southbound left lane was re-opened at 9:25 p.m.
The St. Marys Community Pool officially opened for the summer on Friday afternoon. The pool's regular summer hours of operation will be open from 1-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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For the third consecutive game, the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team has used a walk-off to keep them on the road to State College.
Thursday afternoon at Brockway High School, a single by Sophie Viglione in the bottom of the ninth scored Jessica Tettis from third base to give Elk Catholic a 3-2 win over District 6 champ West Branch.
The St. Marys American Legion Post 103 squad extended their win streak to five games on Thursday night as they walked off 10-0 in five innings against Smethport under the lights at Berwind Park. The win was especially meaningful to the Post 103 squad because Smethport had handed them their only defeat so far in their season opener.
Thursday evening marked the culmination of the high school career of the St. Marys Area High School Class of 2015.
Seniors and their family and friends gathered inside the SMAHS Carpin Auditorium for the school's 119th annual commencement program.
Lauren McAnany acted as the Mistress of Ceremonies as she introduced the evening's student speakers, class President Zachary Whelpley, Salutatorian Angela Frey and Valedictorian Samantha Candalor.