May 30th, 2012
Rams' lone loss most costly defeat
One is the loneliest number.
Elk County Catholic (16-5) dealt previously undefeated Johnsonburg (20-1) a stunning 5-2 defeat Wednesday afternoon at Sandy Beach Recreational Park, ousting the No. 1 seed from the District 9 Class A baseball playoffs in the process. Throughout the season, one run was often times the difference in a game for the Rams; on Wednesday, just one loss spoiled their season and kept them out of both the district title game and the state playoffs.
BROCKWAY - The Punxsutawney Chucks scored five runs in the home half of the first inning on their way to a 6-0 victory over the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch Wednesday afternoon in the District 9 Class AAA championship game, played at Brockway Area High School.
The Chucks used three hits and two St. Marys errors to score those five first-inning runs.
â€śIt was a tough day for us to go cold,â€ť said St. Marys coach Tony Azzato. â€śWe didnâ€™t get the hits when we needed to and when we did hit the ball, it was right at them.â€ť
BROCKWAY â€“Â The St. Marys Lady Dutch struggled to get their offense going and made a few errors on defense on Wednesday afternoon, allowing the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks to take a 7-1 victory for another D9 AAA softball title.
"[We made a few] early mistakes, and we couldn't recover from that," said St. Marys coach Manny Gerarge.
ST. MARYS â€“ An upcoming day camp for children and teens who have experienced a loss through death is being offered to area youth by Community Nurses, Inc.
The free, two-day "Camp Flutterbye" will be held Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at The Pines, located on 1008 Windfall Rd. in St. Marys.
At approximately 4:09 p.m. Wednesday, emergency services personnel were called to respond to a traffic accident that occurred on Ford Road in St. Marys. The crash appeared to involve one vehicle striking a tree and at least one occupant was transported via ambulance for treatment.
Fox Twp. Ambulance, St. Marys City Police Department and Crystal Fire Department were among the responders.
No further information was available at press time.
On June 1 and 2 local Jaffa Shriners will be conducting the organization's Annual Shrine Hospital Crusade, specifically benefitting their hospitals located in Erie and Philadelphia.
Shriners Hospitals for Children encompass a healthcare system of 22 facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, 19 of which specialize in orthopedic care and three burn hospitals. It is the largest pediatric subspecialty healthcare system in the world. The facilities specialize in treating youth under the age of 18 who suffer from orthopedic problems, severe burns, spinal injuries or cleft lip or palate.
RIDGWAY - Throw on your best polka dot shirt and head on down to the Courthouse Gazebo in downtown Ridgway this Friday night to watch the Friday Niters perform polka hits as part of the polka-themed First Friday initiative presented by the Elk County Concert Series.
The Friday Niters will be performing Friday, June 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to kick off the Eighth Annual Elk County Summer Concert Series.
MT. ZION â€“Â While much of the focus of Saturday afternoon's Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Zion Historical Park was on the dedication of the Vietnam memorial monument, there was also some discussion focused on the future and the dedication of the park's next memorial, which is scheduled to happen in September.
FOX TWP. - The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and the Fox Twp. Volunteer Fire Department report investigating the origin and cause of a fire that damaged a 14' X 56' mobile home at 113 Robin Rd. in Kersey on Monday at 1:05 p.m. Damage to the home, belonging to Dorthy McKinney, 73, was estimated at over $60,000. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental in nature and the structure was considered a total loss.
The Crystal Fire Department assisted the Fox Twp. Volunteer Fire Department at the scene. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the victim.
MT. ZION -Â Members of the Mt. Zion Historical Society, Vietnam Veterans of America Bucktail Chapter 720, and American Legion Post 978 all worked together to fulfill the dream of the late Ronald Guilyard on Saturday, dedicating a memorial at the Mt. Zion Historical Park in honor of the eight soldiers from Elk County who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.
The memorial contains a depiction of the country of Vietnam with the names of four of the deceased soldiers on each side. At the bottom, there is also an inscription explaining Guilyardâ€™s influential role in the project.