October 7th, 2012
Michael R. DeVallance, 41, of 1245 13th St., N.W., Washington, D.C., died Saturday morning, Oct. 6, 2012 at his residence following a short illness.
He was born on Feb. 13, 1971 in Ridgway, son of Robert N. and Joyce Marrone DeVallance of Johnsonburg, who survive.
He resided in the Washington, D.C. area since 1997. He graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1989 and from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
Grace J. Sestina, 90, a resident of Silver Creek Terrace, St. Marys, died Saturday evening, Oct. 6, 2012 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born June 16, 1922 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Michael H. and Barbara A. Schreiber Wolf.
ERIE - A St. Marys woman, Sandra Prechtel, charged with embezzling nearly a million dollars from her employer, Abbott Furnace Company, entered a guilty plea to charges of mail fraud and tax evasion on Friday before a U.S. District Court Judge in Erie.
Now in its 11th year, the annual K-9 Karnival Walk 'n Wag, sponsored by the Elk County Humane Society, is taking place this afternoon at Benzinger Park in St. Marys beginning at 11 a.m. There will be games, prizes and more.
Aggressive dogs and female canines in heat are discouraged from attending.
This fuzzy little caterpillar may look cute, but the hairs on its body can cause a burning, stinging sensation and rash when touched, so specimens of this kind should be avoided. Known as the white hickory Tussock moth caterpillar, the insect may be found in the area; this one was at Veolia Greentree Landfill in Fox Township, Elk County. Photo by Victoria Stanish.
Elizabeth M. (Betty) Gausman, 90, died Thursday evening, Oct. 4, 2012 at Highland View Nursing Home in Brockway, following an illness of the past nine months.
She was born July 15, 1922 in Carman, daughter of the late Joseph P. and Mary F. Oresko Griech.
CLARION - A second-half rally by the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch came up short last night at Clarion Universityâ€™s Memorial Stadium as the Clarion Area Bobcats came away with a 40-28 victory.
The Bobcats took a 33-7 halftime lead only to see the Dutch outscore Clarion by a 21-7 margin in the second half of play.
â€śThe game was lost in the first half but I am very proud of our effort in the second half,â€ť said St. Marys coach Joe Schlimm. â€śWe competed really well in the third and fourth quarters.â€ť
â€śClarion is a very good football team,â€ť added Schlimm.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch soccer team overcame an early 1-0 deficit and then held off an attempted rally by the Lady Wolves to claim a 3-2 win on Thursday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field.
"I think our team is finally finding its rhythm and people are doing their jobs in their positions," said St. Marys Area coach Johanna Schmidt.
The Kane Lady Wolves edged St. Marys Area 3-2 in an exciting volleyball match at the Dutch Oven on Thursday evening. The game featured several momentum shifts, with the Lady Wolves winning the first set 25-15, the Lady Dutch taking the next two games 25-23 and 25-21, respectively, and then Kane coming back to win it with scores of 25-13 and 15-8 in the fourth and fifth sets.
ST. MARYS - With debate over the virtues of cyber and charter schools reaching a fevered pitch in political and educational forums across the nation, Thursday's meeting of the St. Marys Area School Board included an impassioned articulation by superintendent Ann Kearney of the impact of cyber schools have had on districts like hers and measures being considered to "stem the flow of students dropping out of the district" to attend cyber schools.