June 12th, 2012
ST. MARYS - Hundreds of emergency responders converged on Elk Regional Health Center (ERHC) on Monday as part of a staged disaster event designed to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the hospital's emergency preparedness.
The scenario staged Monday involved a tornado having struck the C-wing of Pinecrest Manor.
During the drill, residents of Pinecrest Manor were transported to a designated section of the building, just as they would be in the event of an actual tornado touching down.
Erie Avenue has long been associated with the community's emergency service providers. Today, both the St. Marys City Police Department and Crystal Fire Department are located along the roadway, and anyone in need of emergency assistance can simply call 9-1-1, or even contact either department directly. Early in the community's history, that was not the case, however.
"There was a time in St. Marys where [if] you needed a policeman, you picked up the phone and you called Rocky Fleming, the night clerk at the Mullendean," said local historian Ray Beimel.
The area's newest antique shop, Trinkets-n-Treasures, celebrated its grand opening Monday at its storefront, located at 28 Railroad St. on the Diamond in downtown St. Marys.
Owners Troy Cartwright and Sandy Drone said they welcome customers to browse the shop's selection of relics from the past, ranging from furniture, housewares, tools and jewelry to books, religious items, advertising, military and more.
RIDGWAY - At Monday's meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force held at the new 911 Center in Ridgway, McKean County Emergency Management Agency Director Bruce Manning gave task force members an update of efforts to educate first responders about natural gas and oil sites.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€“Â "The only disappointment tonight was that we didn't show our best," said ECC baseball coach Tom Zampogna following the Crusaders' 17-0, six-inning loss to the Bishop McCort Crushers on Monday afternoon in Punxsutawney. "Whether we lost or won isn't so much the disappointment-- it's the fact that I know we've got a better team than what we brought to the field tonight."
Zampogna's remarks summed up the Crusaders' efforts in the PIAA Class A Western Final match-up.
Robert (Bob) Alan Cheatle, 67, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.
He was born in St. Marys on April 3, 1945, son of the late Vernon Jerome Cheatle and Ann Matilda (Young) Cheatle.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors unanimously voted in favor of the district's 2012 - 2013 general fund budget at Monday's meeting of the Board.
A preliminary version of the budget was first presented for review in March, with
Elk County Catholic High School freshman Tony Hanes captured first place for his editorial cartoon as part of a national competition.
"It shows how America is in debt and how we always rely on China to get us out," Hanes explained his cartoon.
The winning cartoon depicts U.S. President Barack Obama stranded in a hole referred to as "Debt Valley" while being rescued by a helicopter with "China" inscribed on it.
FOX TWP. - A massive show of community support for the 2012 Elk County Relay for Life was on display at the Fox Township Community Park on Friday during the opening ceremony of the 24-hour event.
Emcee Roben Daghir said the goals were to increase awareness of cancer in the area and raise the funds needed to combat the disease, and termed the event was a "big success." Monetary donations for this year's event totaled roughly $13,450.
In addition to new development, the downtown area has also been altered by fires throughout the community's history.
Local historian Ray Beimel discussed several of the more prominent fires that impacted the Erie Avenue area during a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center.
The earliest fire detailed by Beimel during his presentation occurred on the afternoon of July 25, 1880. According to Beimel, the fire began in the apartment located above the Coryell and Russ' store, which he indicated was located where Dr. Jolly's office is today.