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June 20th, 2012

Historical Society got its start on Erie Avenue

June 20, 2012

Editor's note: This is the final part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Erie Avenue area.
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Local historian Ray Beimel concluded his recent presentation on the history of Erie Avenue by talking about an organization that has been crucial to the preservation of the community's history.
"Erie Avenue happens to be where the St. Marys Historical Society was started," Beimel said.

Geno Carobine

June 20, 2012

Geno Carobine, 82, of 202 Taylor Ave., Ridgway, died Wednesday morning, June 20, 2012 at his home.
He was born March 23, 1930, in Weedville, son of the late Domenic and Josephine (Metallo) Carobine. He married Alice Marie Zucchelli on April 18, 1953; she preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 2010.
Geno resided in Ridgway for 59 years and was proprietor of Geno’s Barber Shop. He was a graduate of the Weedville High School. He was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and council member over the years, and was a board member of St. Leo’s Cemetery Association.

June 19th

Phyllis J. Buerk Lijewski

June 19, 2012

Phyllis J. Buerk Lijewski, 75, of Erie, died Mon., June 18, 2012 at her residence. 
She was born July 7, 1936 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Regis A. and Isabel S. Brennen Buerk. 
A 1954 graduate of East High School, Erie, she worked for Perry Truck and Erection from 1962 to 1973, for AMSCO from 1955 to 1962, and most recently as Financial Secretary for Erie Institute of Technology from 1973 until her retirement. 
She attended the First Spiritualist Church of Erie.

June 18th

Zito Media issues continue to plague subscribers

June 18, 2012

Zito Media customers continue to experience issues with their cable television service despite the company's latest efforts in upgrading the system.
The issue was raised once again during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting as Tim Ruffner, director of environmental services at Elk Haven nursing home in St. Marys, voiced his concern about not receiving any feedback or assistance from Zito Media in reference to servicing Elk Haven Nursing Home and the Silver Creek Terrace assisted living facility.

2012 Autism Awareness Charity Ball held Friday

June 18, 2012

The second annual Autism Awareness Charity Ball, presented by the Dickinson Center, Inc. Autism Program, was held on Friday at The Red Fern Banquet and Conference Center in St. Marys, with proceeds to benefit the center's Autism Program.
The evening included a performance by Jack Garret and the Swingin' Starz, as well as live and silent auctions.
Linda White, Autism Program coordinator, said that 155 tickets were sold for Friday's event, and while the official totals were still being tallied, she estimated the amount raised to be between $16,000 and $18,000.

Erie Avenue stores sold variety of goods

June 18, 2012

Editor's note: This is the eighth part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Erie Avenue area.

According to local historian Ray Beimel, at one time "you could pretty much buy everything you wanted" on Erie Avenue.
During a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center on the history of the Erie Avenue area, Beimel briefly discussed many of the prominent businesses that once lined the roadway.

St. Marys Legion falls to Wilcox 2-0 for first loss

June 18, 2012

WILCOX – Wilcox American Legion baseball squeezed its way to a 2-0 victory over St. Marys Monday night at Jones Township Community Park.
Wilcox scored both of its runs on suicide squeeze plays in the sixth inning to break what had been a scoreless tie to that point.
"We had it on a few times earlier, we didn't come through with it," Wilcox coach Jeff Peterson said.

June 17th

St. Marys veterans' monuments dedicated

June 18, 2012

After more than a year of fundraising, planning and work, members of the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail saw their vision realized during the dedication of veterans' monuments at the St. Mary's Catholic and Protestant cemeteries Saturday afternoon.
The idea for the monuments honoring the veterans laid to rest in the community's cemeteries was first discussed by detail members in March 2011, and they promptly got the ball rolling with outreach and fundraising efforts.

SMASD superintendent wary of participation fees

June 18, 2012

Citing budget cuts and continuing economic downturn, a greater number of public school districts in further tightening the purse strings have turned to the option of charging participation fees for student involvement in athletic and other extracurricular activities.

Many businesses got their start along Erie Avenue

June 18, 2012

A number of notable local businesses got their start along Erie Avenue, one of which was the Lyn-Clare Flower shop, which was started by Evelyn Chase and Clare Geitner. The business was one of several discussed by local historian Ray Beimel during a recent presentation he gave at the St. Marys Senior Center on the history of Erie Avenue.
Beimel explained that "at some point, Evelyn became allergic to flowers," and remarked to attendees that "many of you remember she was a great one for making paper flowers. The reason she did that was because she couldn't be around real flowers anymore."

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