January 10th, 2012
James T. "Perch" O'Connell, 58, of 225 Fairies St., Wilcox died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2012 at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 21, 1953 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Daniel and Dorothy Heglen O'Connell.
On Sept. 11, 1976, in the Wilcox Presbyterian Church, he married Debra "Debbie" Stanley, who survives.
Arnold L. â€śArnieâ€ť Trayer, 59, of Caledonia Rd., Weedville, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at DRMC West after a two-year battle with cancer.
He was born July 3, 1952 in Punxsutawney, the son of the late M. LeRoy and Gertrude (Fetterman) Trayer.
On June 3, 1972, he married Betty J. Nunamaker Trayer, who survives.
He lived all his life in Bennetts Valley. He graduated from St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1970. He worked 40 years at the same manufacturing plant in St. Marys, which carried many names, including Airco Speer, Airco Carbon, and CG Graphite.
ST. MARYS - The 2nd Annual Elk County Catholic Alumni Spirit Night is set for Friday evening. This year's event is being held in conjunction with the much-anticipated ECC versus St. Marys Area boys' basketball game.
The cross-town rivals will meet at ECC this year and event organizers are encouraging alums to sport their alma mater's colors of maroon and gold to cheer the Crusaders. The junior varsity game is set for 6 p.m., with the varsity matchup tipping off at 7:30 p.m.
At Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area Board of School Directors, the board approved several new personnel items.
All employment recommendations are provisional for 30 days pending receipt of Act 151 and Act 34 clearance documentation.
Resignations were accepted for the following: Molly Uberti of Force as tutor at Fox Township Elementary, effective January 6, 2012.
The following supplemental contract hires were approved: Andrew Yost as intramural assistant boys' basketball coach at a renewed rate of $331.
Alice P. Garver of 208 Zambori St., Reynoldsville, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at Christ The King Manor in DuBois.
Garver was born on Feb. 22, 1934 in Allans Mills, daughter of the late William D. Stauffer and Mary C. Barnett Stauffer.
She married Arnold W. Garver, who preceded her in death on June 13, 2003.
She retired as an employee of Munot Plastics of Erie after 10 years of service. She was a member of Roseville Independent Chapel in Brookville.
Larry D. Knisely, 64, of Bennetts Valley Highway, Penfield, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at DRMC after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 3, 1947 in Renovo, son of the late Elmer Belden and Bernice Knisely.
On June 5, 1970, he married Diana (Caliari) Knisely, who survives.
He served in the Army from 1966 to 1968, receiving the National Defense and Good Conduct Medals. He also worked for five years as Foreman and hyster driver for Metal Wire of Driftwood; three years with Brockway Clay; and 29 years with Carbide Graphite of St. Marys; Falcon Transport, CJ Packing and Catalone Pipe Supply.Â
The St. Marys Area Quarterback Club held their 54th Awards Program Saturday night at the St. Marys Area High School Carpin Auditorium.
Following the invocation by Tim Kopp, everyone was welcomed by Bob Luchini, master of ceremonies for the evening. Luchini noted that the St. Marys Area Quarterback Club is an all-volunteer group dedicated to supporting the SMAHS football program.
Quarterback Club President Steve Aul welcomed everyone and said the reason for the change to just an awards program was that the school district had discontinued their banquets due to budget cuts.
RIDGWAY - On Monday afternoon, Elk County President Judge Richard Masson handed down a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole to Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.
Monday's meeting of the St. Marys Area School District's Board of Directors saw Steve Aul of St. Marys was sworn in as the district's Region 2 representative. He was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Jesse Azzato. Azzato was elected to the position in the November elections, but submitted a letter of resignation prior to assuming his role. The appointment remains effective until the next municipal election in November 2013.
ST. MARYS â€“ The River 98.9 will once again be hosting the Second Annual Polar Sweet Express event sponsored by Ridgway BiLo and Northwest Savings Bank.
CAPSEA [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse] Executive Director Billie Jo Weyant said the popular fundraising event is a one-stop shopping experience for all your Valentine's Day needs.
The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys and will feature local vendors.