November 11th, 2011
At Thursday's workshop of the St. Marys Area School District Board, Superintendent Ann Kearney in written comments congratulated SMAHS students Adair Gennocro, who took third place in the PIAA Cross Country Finals' 5K race; and Liz Dollinger, who was accepted into the U.S. Marine Corps Band. Dollinger will now be headed for basic training at Parris Island, S.C. Kearney said that this marks the first time a St. Marys student has been a part of the band.
Lloyd B. Gray Sr., 81, of Jefferson Street, Byrnedale, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at the DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 11, 1930 in Sheffield, son of Lloyd Byron â€śChizzyâ€ť Gray and Jane (Wilt) Gray, deceased. He was born in Sheffield, raised in Weedville, lived 23 years in Rhode Island and returned to Bennetts Valley in 1972.
Alice B. (Alderton) Bundy, 81, of 672 W. Long Ave., DuBois, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at DuBois Nursing Home.
She was born on July 16, 1930 in Winslow Township, daughter of the late Elmer T. and Alice Corbin Alderton.
She married Harold E. Bundy of DuBois on June 12, 1971. He survives.
She graduated from Reynoldsville High School, Class of 1948. She was a retired LPN and worked at the former Maple Avenue Hospital in DuBois for 23 years. She was a member of Boone Mountain Emanuel Church in Sabula and enjoyed going to camp.
Representatives from Elexco Land Services and EQT Production spoke before the St. Marys Area School District board at Thursday's workshop meeting regarding Elexco's plans to conduct seismic testing on 14.12 acres of school district property encompassing and including the site of the Bennetts Valley Elementary School.
Another piece of the puzzle is finally in place in the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS), following an appointment by Bishop Donald Trautman.
Fr. Jim Faluszczak was named the Vice President for Catholic Mission for ECCSS on Wednesday afternoon during a brief meeting held at the Elk County Catholic High School chapel for faculty and staff members of St. Marys Catholic Elementary School, St. Marys Catholic Middle School, and Elk County Catholic High School.
Major Chris Casey of the U.S. Air Force and an English teacher at St. Marys Area Middle School, spoke to students, fellow teachers and staff on Thursday afternoon as the keynote speaker of the school district's annual Veterans Day Assembly program.
"I recently spoke to the eighth graders about community and how important it is to take care of each other and never give up," Casey said. "Community helped shape me."
St. Marys Area High School hosted their annual Veterans Day Assembly program on Thursday afternoon, during which several local veterans were acknowledged for their military service to our country.
The program began with student Scott Barber, who acted as emcee for the event, welcoming all in attendance. The SMAHS Concert Band, under the direction of Chris Gankosky, performed a piece entitled "Regimental Honor." Next, SMAHS Principal Josh Williams offered a brief introduction about the program.
"I encourage all of you students to reach out to a veteran tomorrow," Williams said.
Jesse P. DeVittorio, 84, of 11 South Broad St., Ridgway, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at his residence.
He was born May 23, 1927, in Ridgway, the son of the late Dominic and Josephine Monago DeVittorio.
Mr. DeVittorio was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and the Ridgway Knights of Columbus. He was a graduate of St. Leo's High School and he was a regular at Joeyâ€™s Bakery Breakfast Club.
The St. Marys Area Fall Sports Awards Program was held Wednesday evening at the school. The evening started with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards portion of the evening in Carpin Auditorium.
Elk County Catholic High School held its annual Fall Athletic Awards program on Wednesday evening in the high school auditorium to honor the school's numerous fall sports athletes.
According to Athletic Director Aaron Straub, 189 of the 272 students in grades 9-12 at ECC participated in a fall sport this year. Along with this, there were also numerous 7th and 8th grade students from the St. Marys Catholic Middle School who also contributed to the success of the school's sports teams this fall.