September 29th, 2014
U.S. Marine Corporal Donovan E. Clancy, 26, a Ridgway native, was declared missing on Friday while wading in heavy current on the northwestern shore of Tinian, part of the Northern Marianas Islands.
Clancy is a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School. He is currently assigned to the Marine Wing Communication Squadron 18 based at Camp Foster, Okinawa in Japan.
Numerous search parties including those of the U.S. Coast Guard and Marine forces based near Guam were unable to locate Clancy on Saturday and resumed efforts on Sunday and today.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch soccer team used a strong first half of play on their way to a 7-0 victory over the Smethport Lady Hubbers Saturday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field on Pink Day.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader soccer team notched another big win on Saturday afternoon, this time defeating the Punxsutawney Chucks 2-1 in a match played at Angela Huey Memorial Field in Fox Township.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch soccer team improved their record to 4-6 on the season as they defeated the Smethport Hubbers by a 6-0 score Saturday morning at the SMAHS soccer field on Pink Day.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders defeated the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks 2-0 in a match played Saturday morning at Benzinger Park.
Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond not only provided a way for area residents to honor or remember loved ones whose lives had been touched by addiction, but it also gave them the opportunity to hear from individuals from a variety of areas within the community who were there to share their stories and talk about efforts to combat the issue locally.
St. Marys mayor Bob Howard acted as the master of ceremonies, and he began the evening by welcoming the sizable crowd that gathered on the Diamond around 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
Addiction impacts more than just the individuals suffering from it, and during Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond, two mothers shared their stories of what it was like to lose their children because of the disease.
One, Patty Greene, lost her son to his own addiction. The other, Cindy O'Leary, lost her daughter due to the addiction of another.
A group of over 40 people, most consisting of South St. Marys Street residents, were on hand Sunday evening for a brief meeting about efforts to restore the roadway to its former appearance, complete with a tree lined entrance to the city prior to the removal of a majority of the roadway's trees due to the massive state Route 255 re-construction project.
While the overall cost of the project may cost between $20,000-$50,000, the estimated amount is about $25,000.
Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon was one of the featured speakers during the Luminary Service on the Diamond Saturday evening, an event held to honor or remember those who have been impacted by addiction.
As district attorney, McMahon sees individuals battling various addictions pass through the criminal justice system on a regular basis.
In addition to hearing from those whose lives have been impacted by addiction, and the individuals who lead the enforcement effort against it, Saturday evening's Luminary Service on the Diamond also featured some brief commentary from one of the individuals whose job is to provide assistance to those suffering from addiction.
Heidi Stahlnecker, Executive Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., stressed to those in attendance that addiction impacts individuals from all walks of life regardless of factors such as race or economic status.