March 9th, 2012
A post-sentencing hearing for Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, was continued to a later time and date as announced by Elk County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Richard Masson on Friday morning.
In October, a 12-member Butler County jury found Donachy guilty of second-degree murder, rape, burglary and aggravated assault in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician. The lengthy trial took place inside the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway.
ST. MARYS - A new service offered by Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) will help people with disabilities gain valuable work experience and give them an insight into different careers.
Seniors residing in St. Marys are encouraged to apply for the newly established Gloria Jean McAllister Kneidel and Patrick Charles Jessup postsecondary scholarship.
The fund is being established by Eileen Kneidel Miller, daughter of the late Gloria Jean McAllister Kneidel.
"The scholarship was established because I wanted the most important person in my life, my mom, remembered. She was a wonderful woman and loved by so many. Also for my daughter Alyssa's favorite cousin to be remembered because she thinks of him very often," Kneidel said.
At 2 a.m. on Sunday March, 11, daylight saving time begins for 2012, with clocks springing forward and many Americans finding themselves deprived of an hour of sleep and noticing a darker sky on their Monday morning commute.
Dickinson Center's annual campaign for the Autism Awareness Charity Ball is once again under way. The campaign kicked off, last week with the group receiving a $1,000 donation from representatives of Northwest Savings Bank.
The 2012 charity event is scheduled to be held on June 15 at The Red Fern from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. This year's Autism Awareness Charity Ball will feature a performance by Jack Garrett and The Swingin' Starz.
Richard J. "Dick" Feidler, 85, a resident of DuBois Nursing Home and formerly of 1188 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, died Friday, March 9, 2012 at the DuBois Nursing Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home.
Ruth E. DeSalve, 95, of DeSalve Road, Penfield, died at home late Thursday, March 8, 2012 after a lengthy illness.
She was born Feb. 7, 1917 in Buffalo, N.Y., daughter of the late Louis and Josephine (Ramback) Aures. On July 1, 1936, she married William DeSalve, who preceded her in death March 9, 2008. Â
She is survived by three children, Joyce (Francis E.) Klaiber and Judy (Jerry) Smart, both of Penfield, and by Terry DeSalve of DuBois; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority wants to be part of the emerging market for recycling PET thermoform plastic and is currently looking into participating in a grant project that would result in them collecting the material and shipping it to a more high-tech facility across the state.
Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner recently explained that the authority has the potential to be part of a $25,000 grant that the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center received in hopes of developing a successful collection program for this type of plastic.
Money received from a fire escrow on the Dimitri building, owned by Floyd Howell, was returned to the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) after it was not utilized in the demolition of the building, stated City Manager Dave Greene during Monday's City Council meeting.
Greene explained the city was recently informed by its auditors that because the city used Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) money on the project, any money that came from the project can be considered program income.
With the first round of the Pennsylvania School System Assessment exams (PSSAs) to begin next week, Superintendent Ann Kearney at Thursday's workshop meeting of the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors discussed what the district has done to do prepare students for the exams, as well as what parents can do come test time.
"We ask parents to make sure their children get a good night's sleep, a good breakfast and are here in school...it is so important for them to be here on the day of the assessment," Kearney said.