May 1st, 2011
Peter V. â€śPeteâ€ť Straub, 88, of Oil City, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at UPMC Northwest in Seneca.
Born June 11, 1922, in St. Marys, he was the son of Irene (Fritz) and Peter P. Straub.
He was a graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School and Saint Vincent College with a degree in chemistry. Serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, he was honorably discharged in June 1946 with a Pacific Theater Ribbon, an American Theater Ribbon, and the Victory Medal.
Margaret P.Â Smith, 87, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of 185 Center St., died Friday, April 29, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born July 20, 1923 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late John and Philomena "Minnie" Sweener Ott. On March 23, 1943 in St. Mary's Church, she married the late William R. Smith.
Anna Mae McMinn, 93, of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 456 Main St., Kersey, died on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born November 9, 1917, in Kersey, daughter of the late Thomas and Sarah Shoffstahl Greene. On December 16, 1939, in the Callansburg Methodist Church in Callansburg, she married Richard D. McMinn who died on June 1, 2008.
Francis J. "Brownie" Braun, 88, of 122 Wendel Rd., St. Marys, died on Friday, April 29, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor.
He was born Mar 19, 1923 in St. Marys, a son of the late JohnÂ and Cecila Feldbauer Braun. On July 2, 1945 in St. Mary's Church, he married the late Matilda "Tillie" Wendel Braun.
Mr. Braun was retired from Stackpole after working there for over 44 years.Â He was also a member of the Quarter Century Club of Stackpole.Â In the course of his lifetime, he donated 20 gallons of blood.Â
During a special parent presentation on current drug trends presented by representatives of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services at St. Marys Area High School on Wednesday evening, St. Marys Area High School counselor Molly Wehler and St. Marys Area High School nurse Julie Chicola discussed the recent safety searches that were conducted at the high school and middle school, as well as the proper procedure that should be followed by students who need to take prescription medication during the school day.
KANE - McKean County already is reaping the economic benefits of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
But an even larger windfall may lie ahead for the county when drillers tap the deeper Utica Shale for gas.
Speaking Friday at a Kane Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum at the Kane Manor, Bob Veilleux said McKean County is â€śwell-situatedâ€ť for the anticipated Utica Shale drilling.
Veilleux is the economic and community development educator for the Penn State Extension that serves McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter counties.
Cellphone users who are in a panic thinking that their mobile phone numbers will be released to telemarketers and other third parties can rest easy-- this persistent rumor is unfounded.
The Elk County Planning Department was awarded a $3,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] to host a rain barrel workshop.
â€śI was notified yesterday [Tuesday] from DEP,â€ť said Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator. â€śIt's not a whole lot of money, but there is not a lot of grant money out there right now, so it was nice to know we got that award."
Foster said the workshop is in conjunction with the storm water management plan.
The Elk County Planning Department recently procured a $138,000 grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the Pa. Accessible Housing Program.
The program will provide approximately 8-10 accessibility modifications to residents in Elk, Cameron, McKean and Potter counties.
â€śWe anticipate doing two to three projects per county in order to disperse that money,â€ť said Richard Gavazzi, housing specialist for Elk County Planning Department. â€śWhich is great.â€ť
Gavazzi initially requested approximately $266,320 for the program.
U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson (PA-5) visited The Winery at Wilcox along Mefferts Run Road in Wilcox yesterday afternoon.
Winery owners Mike and Carol Williams and their son Jamie welcomed Thompson upon arrival and walked him through a 45-minute tour of the facilities.
When the winery first opened its doors in the summer of 1994, it was the smallest in Pennsylvania and had an inventory of 1,100 gallons in eight varieties. Today the winery has a capacity of almost 60,000 gallons, with over 31 selections for the 2009-2010 vintage, and is one of the state's five largest wineries.