August 6th, 2012
At 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, family, friends, classmates and fellow lifeguards of Michael Proudfit gathered at Memorial Park for the planting of a memorial tree in Proudfit's honor. Proudfit died following a car crash in February.
The tree, a Royal Raindrops Flowering Crab, was purchased with donations collected by Proudfit's classmates at Elk County Catholic High School.
Clythera Hornung, a member of the Shade Tree Commission who was on hand at the event, explained that this particular type of tree is coincidentally appropriate for Proudfit, given his love of pink.
New legislation revising the standards by which Pennsylvania public school teachers, principals and certain non-teaching professional employees are evaluated will be phased in at St. Marys Area School District and other Pa. schools beginning in the upcoming school year.
Under the new law, student achievement will make up 50 percent of the educatorâ€™s overall evaluation score. Student achievement will be calculated using a combination of statewide assessments, student growth data through the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System, and other elective measures chosen at the local level.
KERSEY â€“ On Aug. 15, all candidates for the Pennsylvania top state offices of the Democratic Party will gather together at The Red Fern in Kersey at 5 p.m. to introduce their ideas and discuss their stance for the upcoming election.
â€śThis is quite an honor to have all of these candidates,â€ť said Bob Roberts, Elk County Democratic Committee chairman. â€śWeâ€™ve never seen the likes of all of the candidates running for the top state offices here in Elk County.â€ť
Leno A. Serafini Sr., 86, of Wayne Road in DuBois, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 at his daughterâ€™s home in Treasure Lake.
He was born on June 15, 1926 in Cardiff, Pa., to the late Joseph and Teresa (Calliari) Serafini. He was married to Josephine (Ogiba) Serafini for 32 years. She preceded him in death on June 1, 1992. He then married Mary (Reed) Serafini. She preceded him in death on Dec. 25, 2005.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from Keystone Carbon Company in St. Marys after 40 years of service.
ST. MARYS - Around 300 people braved the threat of rain on Sunday morning to participate in the the inaugural Michael B. Proudfit Memorial 5K Walk/Run, which began and ended at Memorial Park in St. Marys. The race replaced the Picnic in the Park 5K, which had been held for the past two years.
ST. MARYS â€“ Elk Regional's acute care service for non-urgent health care needs, called "Q Care," has been restructured with new hours, a new location, and lower costs to better serve area residents.
KERSEY â€“ Work continued over the weekend as members of Midway Utica, N.Y. moved their amusement rides in preparation for this week's Elk County Fair.
While patrons will later this week embark on the fairgrounds in Kersey, organizers said work for this year's fair began just a little while after last year's event ended.
"We've been doing our hoagie fundraisers, they do very well, and we've had flea market craft shows that do fairly decent," said Jamie Wolfe, grounds manager. "We have a sign program as well where you pay money to have a sign on the fence at the grounds."
William â€śBillâ€ť Rio, 86, of Bennetts Valley Highway in Penfield, died on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 at the DuBois Nursing Home following a short illness.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1925 in Tyler, son of the late Giacmo and Anna (Kovalick) Rio.
He married Olga (Kematick) on Aug. 21, 1948. She preceded him in death on March 18, 2009.
Mr. Rio was born and raised in Tyler and lived most of his life in Penfield.Â He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and retired from Rockwell International of DuBois.
Curtis Allen â€śCooterâ€ť Maholtz, 60, of Benezette, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at home following a short illness.
He was born on March 14, 1952 in DuBois son of the late Chester â€śCootâ€ť Maholtz and Mabel (Barrett) Maholtz, who survives.
He married Brenda (Gallagher), who survives.
Mr. Maholtz was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1970. He was an equipment operator for coal companies. He lived most of his life in Bennetts Valley.Â
John J. Bencic Jr., 54, of Homer City, died at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 after fighting a long battle with cancer.
He was born on March 10, 1958, the son of Helen (Kanick) and the late John J. Bencic Sr. On Sept. 7, 1985, he married Amy Sorg.
John was a graduate of Homer Center High School. He worked for Homer City Coal Processing Corp. for 34 years before his retirement due to illness in January 2012.Â