May 19th, 2013
St. Marys Area High School juniors Amy Orr and Rebekah Caretti are preparing to compete in the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) National Leadership Conference after each of them earned a gold medal in their event during the Pennsylvania State HOSA Leadership Conference.
Both students have their sights set on winning a possible national title during the upcoming conference taking place June 26-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
Norma M. Gallagher, 82, of Benezette, died Friday, May 17, 2013, surrounded by her loving family at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys.
She was a life-long resident of Benezette, having been born in Benezette on December 16, 1930, to the late Marie M. (Oâ€™Brien) and John F. Showers.
She was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Benezette and later a member of St. Joseph Church in Force. She was a graduate of Benezette High School and on September 21, 1948, married Gerald L. Gallagher in Tyler. He preceded her in death on July 29, 1985.
Mary F. Erich, 73, of 200 Elm Road, St. Marys, died on Friday, May 17, 2013 at Christ the King Manor in DuBois following an illness of the past few months.
She was born August 17, 1939 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Leo J. and Mary Engel Schade.
On August 11, 1962 in St. Mary's Church, she married the late Jerome J. Erich, who preceded her in death on January 12, 2013.
Elk County polling places will open at 7 a.m. tomorrow for the municipal primary election.
While last year's general election saw ballots cast by 13,474 or 66.37 percent of Elk County's 20,302 registered voters, the municipal election in 2011 only gathered 7,918 or 39.38 percent voter turnout, this according to the County Elections Office.
In addition, the municipal primary held in that year had even lower turnout, with just over a third of registered voters showing up to cast their votes.
This year, 146 candidates filed petitions to be on Elk County ballots this year.
In 2006, the Community Nurses held a one-day used book sale offering several hundred books available for purchase for a small fee, and the event was held in the small library adjacent to the cafeteria at Sacred Heart Activity Center to raise money for their hospice program. Since that time, the sale has continued to grow and now typically has over 10,000 used books available for purchase at the St. Marys Catholic Middle School cafeteria over a four-day period.
Mary S. Butera, 87, of 326 Allenhurst Ave., Ridgway, died, Friday, May 17, 2013, at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born in Platania, Italy, the daughter of Luigi and Pasqualina Butera, and sister of Frank M. Butera, who preceded her in death.
She was a resident of Ridgway and Erie, and a member of the St. Lukeâ€™s Catholic Church in Erie, and St. Leoâ€™s Church in Ridgway.
ST. MARYS â€“ Local police are looking for the person, or persons, responsible for a pair of explosive devices found within days, and miles, of each other in Elk County this week.
On Thursday night, police were called to Aviation Way in St. Marys at around 7 p.m. for reports of a pipe bomb found in a wooded area.
RIDGWAY â€“ Wounded veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, amputees and others bearing invisible scars, were in Ridgway Friday for a long-range shooting event, part of a larger initiative intended to aide them in their transitions back into civilian life.
ST. MARYS - A grassy knoll in the shadow of St. Mary's Church now bears 93 white, wooden crosses placed there Friday by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail as part of an annual tradition honoring St. Marys natives fallen in military service.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch track and field team earned a trio of titles at the District 9 Class AAA Track and Field Championship Meet at the Brookville Area High School on Thursday afternoon. Recording the wins for St. Marys Area were the 4x800 meter relay team of Alec Foster, Austin Frey, Clancy Wiesner, and Dalton Gennocro; the 4x400 meter relay team of Alec Foster, Josh Burns, Mitchell O'Vell, and Dalton Gennocro; and Josh Burns in the 110 meter hurdles.