May 30th, 2012
RIDGWAY - Throw on your best polka dot shirt and head on down to the Courthouse Gazebo in downtown Ridgway this Friday night to watch the Friday Niters perform polka hits as part of the polka-themed First Friday initiative presented by the Elk County Concert Series.
The Friday Niters will be performing Friday, June 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to kick off the Eighth Annual Elk County Summer Concert Series.
MT. ZION â€“Â While much of the focus of Saturday afternoon's Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Zion Historical Park was on the dedication of the Vietnam memorial monument, there was also some discussion focused on the future and the dedication of the park's next memorial, which is scheduled to happen in September.
FOX TWP. - The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and the Fox Twp. Volunteer Fire Department report investigating the origin and cause of a fire that damaged a 14' X 56' mobile home at 113 Robin Rd. in Kersey on Monday at 1:05 p.m. Damage to the home, belonging to Dorthy McKinney, 73, was estimated at over $60,000. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental in nature and the structure was considered a total loss.
The Crystal Fire Department assisted the Fox Twp. Volunteer Fire Department at the scene. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the victim.
MT. ZION -Â Members of the Mt. Zion Historical Society, Vietnam Veterans of America Bucktail Chapter 720, and American Legion Post 978 all worked together to fulfill the dream of the late Ronald Guilyard on Saturday, dedicating a memorial at the Mt. Zion Historical Park in honor of the eight soldiers from Elk County who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.
The memorial contains a depiction of the country of Vietnam with the names of four of the deceased soldiers on each side. At the bottom, there is also an inscription explaining Guilyardâ€™s influential role in the project.
As the Elk County Catholic High School Class of 2012 bid farewell to their high school careers on Sunday afternoon, student speakers Valedictorian Jacob Herbstritt and Salutatorian Jena Struble recollected a host of memories shared by the graduates.
Herbstritt's address centered around the need to be prepared, a motto he learned as a Boy Scout throughout his youth. Looking back, he questioned if the graduates' time at ECC has prepared them for what lies ahead.
As soldiers of foreign wars are honored for their service and the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, those of domestic wars are remembered, too. In fact, the holiday was first observed on May 30, 1868, roughly three years after the end of the American Civil War, with flowers being placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Local historian Ray Beimel illustrated the region's connection to the war and contribution to the Union war effort through the creation of the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves, commonly known as the "Bucktails."
MT. ZION â€“ "Today, as we approach Memorial Day, we remember and honor those who served our country and are no longer among the living, including Ron Guilyard and all those whose Gold Star families are with us today." With these words, Larry Holman, president of the Pennsylvania State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, began his address as the main speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Zion Historical Park on Saturday afternoon.
Virginia M. Keister, 80, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, died at Elk Haven Nursing Home on Sunday, May 27, 2012 following a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 7, 1932 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Henry and Caroline Heiberger Auman Geitner.
On July 1, 1955 in Patuxent River, Md., she married the late Stanley Keister, who preceded her in death in 1973.
ECCâ€™s Kennedy Weisner wins two silver medals; ECCâ€™s Jake Herbstritt a bronze
St. Marys Area High School junior Adair Gennocro won a gold medal at Saturdayâ€™s PIAA Track & Field Championships held at Shippensburg University by winning the Class AA 3200 run.
Gennocro won the event with a time of 10:36.22. She was seeded second in the event behind Boiling Springsâ€™ Meredith Speakman with a time of 11:13.99. Speakmanâ€™s seed time was 11:01.57. Speakman finished in second place in 10:47.88.
Gennocro also medaled in the 1600 run with a time of 5:02.16, good for fourth place.
Thomas W. Wickett, 67, of 26037 Lake City Rd., died Saturday evening, May 26, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 20, 1944 in St. Marys, son of the late Raymond and Leona (Kenard) Wickett.
He married Virginia Lee Vantassel on June 4, 1971. She preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 1991.
Mr. Wickett had resided in Lake City for the last 19 years and was a former Ridgway resident. He was Catholic by faith. He had served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for several years. He had been employed by Penn Pallet for five years.