April 4th, 2011
Thomas C. Launer, 57, of 5236 Ridgway-Johnsonburg Rd., Johnsonburg, died Sunday evening, April 3, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.
He was born Oct. 2, 1953, in Ridgway, son of Kenneth E. and the late Naomi Huckabone Launer.
On Aug. 16, 1975 in Holy Rosary Church, he married Gail F. Franco, who survives.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1971 and Penn State University in 1977.
ALTOONA - Two first places and a meet record by Elk County Catholic senior Megan Dornisch were the headlines as the ECCHS track and field teams competed at the 36th annual Igloo Invitational held in Altoona on Saturday.
The 2010 state champion thrower continued her string of first -place finishes by placing first in the shot put with a meet record 41â€™ 9â€ť throw. Dornisch also picked up a first place in the discus event with a throw of 127â€™ 0â€ť.
The St. Marys Area Ambulance Service's annual membership drive is under way and will continue throughout the month of April. Funds raised by the drive benefit the association and are used for the upkeep and purchase of new equipment.
According to Robert "Bert" Sorg, manager, the Ambulance Service currently has around 3,000 members, though he noted that the number has steadily declined over the years.
"We need people to take an interest and join the Ambulance Association," Sorg said.
The St. Marys Public Library recently received a much-needed grant in the amount of $1,100 from the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF). The grant will be utilized to fund the library's popular Summer Reading Program.
Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, STD, SSL, Bishop of Erie and Right Reverend Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B., Archabbot of St. Vincent Archabbey, presided over a ceremony held at Queen of the World Church to confirm 104 students and adults from Queen of the World, Sacred Heart and St. Mary's parishes as adult members of the Catholic Church.
At a hearing Friday morning at the Elk County Courthouse, President Judge Richard A. Masson heard arguments on whether alleged arsonist Philip Bradley Wolfel was competent to stand trial.
Wolfel, age 22, of 5448 Rasselas Rd., Wilcox, is charged with setting a fire at a house previously located at 204 Depot St. in Ridgway on Aug. 12, 2010.
Members of the American Legion Post 978 in Weedville presented a check for $5,000 to members of the Bucktail Monument Committee on Thursday evening. The funds will be put toward the cost of constructing a monument, which will be located at the Mt. Zion Historical Park, to honor the members of the Elk County Rifles, Company G of the Civil War Bucktail Regiment.
Jim Burke, committee member and president of the Mt. Zion Historical Society, addressed members of Post 978 prior to the check presentation.
At the recent meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner provided authority members with a cost comparison report depicting costs incurred by the county's recycling programs both before and after the formation of the Community Recycling Center at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys.
Viola K. Leathers, 87, died at the Latrobe Area Hospital on Thursday, March 31, 2011.
She was born July 7, 1923 in DuBois, the daughter of the late Samuel and Twila Stewart Thomas. the last of a family of eight children.
She married Armand A. Leathers, who predeceased her on Feb. 18, 1996, shortly after their 50th wedding anniversary.
As part of the reorganization of the newly established Elk County Catholic School System, several administrative positions were announced Thursday afternoon during a brief press conference at the St. Marys Catholic Middle School.