August 14th, 2012
Catherine Franz, of 413 Allenhurst Ave., Ridgway, died peacefully at home on Aug. 13, 2012. She was 83 years old.
The great joy in Cathyâs life was her children, and she was blessed to have four children near her side as she passed into heaven: Chip Franz of Raleigh, N.C., Mark âRustyâ Franz of Ridgway, Tammi Rossi, formerly of Ridgway and now residing in Kutztown, and Candi Gross of Sykesville.
Nancy J. Nissel, 75, of 230 Louis St., died on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh following an illness of the past several months.
She was born May 6, 1937 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Alfred "Showy" and Frances "Pat" Meyer Gleixner. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1956.
On May 25, 1957 in the St. Mary's Church, she married Ronald C. Nissel who preceded her in death on March 25, 2007.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Supervisors included further discussion of a measure designed to aid the district in collecting on outstanding cafeteria debts, which totaled $5,000 last year alone, by prohibiting students with delinquent lunch accounts from attending field trips.
While board members initially failed to reach a consensus on what amount of lunch debt would warrant revoking field trip privileges, it was decided at Monday's meeting that the amount would be tentatively set at $15.
EMPORIUM - The search continues for Thomas Edward Smith, 58, of Emporium, following his attempted kidnapping of a Citizens Bank Employee at gunpoint on Aug. 8 after an alleged dispute with the bank over a mortgage foreclosure. The Emporium Borough Police Department reports that at approximately 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, they and the Emporium-based Pa. State Police received reports that Thomas Edward Smith was sighted in the Goetz's Summit area of state Route 120 between Emporium and St. Marys.
The recently concluded âFit for PMâ class, designed to train candidates for entry-level positions in the powder metal industry, was a collaboration by several groups and is helping to fulfill area employment initiatives.
The powder metal industry is looking for dedicated entry-level employeesâand the eight graduates of the âFit for Powder Metal Programâ course that concluded last week have high hopes that they will fit the bill.
Helen M. Cornelio, 89, of Clearwater, Fla., died on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.
She was born on March 9, 1923 in Fairmont, W. Va., daughter of the late Carmella and Ottavio Cornelio.
Following graduation, she worked at Sylvania for many years. She relocated to Puerto Rico, where she retired from the Navy Exchange and moved to Florida.
She like playing bingo and going to the casino. She loved her cats.
During a recent St. Marys City Council, meeting several board members discussed their comments on numerous topics.
With an eye on the upcoming school year, Thursday's workshop meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors included discussion of new developments within the district as the first day of the 2012 fall semester fast approaches.
Superintendent Ann Kearney announced that SMASD has received the Pennsylvania Department of Education's report which found "100 percent" of teachers in the district to be highly qualified and meeting the mandates for certified teachers in the previous school year.
For area residents looking to spruce up a hard-to-clean surface outside their home, newly established PA Power Washing is set to cater to many of their needs. The business was started by St. Marys resident Ryan Wehler in May and offers power washing services for surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, interior garages, brick pavers, sandstone, retaining walls, polywood decks, and vinyl railing and fences.