January 7th, 2011
Ryan Matthew Schwabenbauer Jr. died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 at the University of Maryland Medical Center, NICU, in Baltimore, MD.
He was born Dec. 11, 2010 in Baltimore, son of Ryan Matthew and Tricia Lynn (Constable) Schwabenbauer Sr. of Baltimore, who survive.
Mary Lee Urmann, 77, of 551 Charles St., St. Marys, and formerly of 344 South St., Ridgway, died Thursday evening, Jan. 6, 2011, at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born in St. Marys on Oct. 5, 1933, the daughter of Leander B. and Marian Ryan Weis.
On April 7, 1956 in Sacred Heart Church, she married John M. Urmann Sr., who survives.
With the new year comes the 12th annual Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, as organizers are preparing for the weeklong event.
"It's coming together pretty well and we have about 130 carvers signed up so far, which is pretty much par for the course," Liz Boni, co-owner of Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway and the main organizer of the event.
The Rendezvous is scheduled for Feb. 19-26.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney presented information pertaining to various statistics inside the Superintendent Annual Report.
Entitled "Second Year...Changes and Challenges," the report will soon be available for viewing online at www.smasd.org.
"I've learned a lot in the past 18 months," Kearney said. "I think we've accomplished a lot this year."
Enrollment for the 2010-11 school year has decreased by 40 students in comparison from last year. This marks the lowest the district's enrollment has ever been since 1969.
The Jay Township Supervisors held a special meeting on Friday morning to clarify decisions that were made at their reorganizational meeting early in the week, particularly the decision to eliminate the township's roadmaster position.
It was announced that all three supervisors will now work together to set up a work schedule for the township's road crew. The supervisors were unsure if this would be done on a monthly basis at their regular meetings or if they would be able to do it weekly.
Thomas W. Miller, 92, formerly of Huntingdon, died at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at Valley View Haven Nursing Home, Belleville, where he had most recently been a resident.
He was born March 1, 1918, in Huntingdon, son of the late William Asbury and Charlotte (Wall) Miller.
Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Gorske, 67, of Johnsonburg, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at Rockdale Personal Care Home, Falls Creek.
She was born April 15, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Theresa Agnus Marie Gorske.
She was a 1961 graduate of the Johnsonburg Area High School and retiree of Osram Sylvania in St. Marys.
She is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Gorske; four grandchildren, Shaila Gorske, Dakota Gorske, Elijiah Gorske and Taylor Feronti; and two sisters, Barbara Anderson and Mary Himes.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg on Saturday at 10 a.m.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney acknowledged the SMASD Board of School Directors during Thursday evening's workshop in observance of School Board Appreciation Month.
Students from various schools throughout the district created a large homemade book for each school board member. They also received a glass globe with a light inside, as well as a certificate from the Pennsylvania School Board Association in recognition of their service to the district.
"I hope you keep the light of knowledge going," Kearney said. "We appreciate all of your time and effort."
On Monday evening, several residents from Wilson Road came before city council to voice their side of an issue that ultimately boils down to the close proximity between the residential and industrial zones in that area of the city.
The Fox Township Supervisors briefly addressed the possibility of amending the township's zoning ordinance to address windmills and gas drilling wells.
They discussed holding a work session to obtain public input on the issue.
Supervisor Randy Gradizzi said that many of the entities involved must come before the board to obtain a conditional use permit. It is at that time that the township can establish specific property setbacks.
"We need to get rolling on this. It's needed," Gradizzi said.