January 18th, 2012
For the second consecutive year, the City of St. Marys is anticipating a decrease in its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
"It's been determined there will be another decrease in 2012; however, we don't have any figures as of yet," said City of St. Marys Community Development Block Grant Coordinator, Tina Gradizzi.
The city's 2011 entitlement was $326,731, down about 21 percent from 2010.
Gradizzi conducted the first of two public hearings in conjunction with the City Council meeting held Monday evening.
ST. MARYS - Community Nurses, Inc. is overstocked with the influenza vaccine and as a result is offering flu shots free of charge to anyone who hasn't already received the immunization this year.
Anne Bauer, marketing director/public relations with Community Nurses, said the abundance and availability of the immunization throughout the area has resulted in the surplus.
As people try to put into practice some of their New Year's resolutions to become healthier, happier and live longer, they might want to talk to Marge (Schaberl) Forster, who can probably give them some insight into how to go about it.
The St. Marys resident just turned 98 years young in November 2011. A sign on one of the barns at her home reads "The Forster Farm - Hard Work, Love, Faith." Forster said the words on the sign, which was created by her grandson T.J. DaMore, represent the motto she lives by.
Betty L. Copello Wright, 87, formerly of 671 Washington Rd., St. Marys, died on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at the home of her daughter in Altus, Okla., where she had made her home for the past several years.
She was born Dec. 13, 1924 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Olive Tyler Johnson and Ernest Johnson.
She was married to the late George E. Copello, who preceded her in death in 1963.
Jerome P. Straub, 88, of 550 School St., St. Marys, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 9, 1924 in St. Marys, son of the late Peter Paul and Irene Leona Fritz Straub.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Vincent Prep School. He was also a graduate of Penn State University, Class of 1946, earning an Engineering Degree. He was a retired employee of the Keystone Carbon Co., retiring in 1986 after 40 years of service.
Victor C. "Wedo" Aiello, 90, of 301 Fairview Ave., Johnsonburg, died Thursday evening, Jan. 12, 2012, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 6, 1921 to Italian immigrants, the late Gennaro and Frances Chirillo Aiello.
He married Vittoria I. Bevacqua on Oct. 18, 1951 in Welland, Ontario, Canada, and she survives
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders improved their record to 7-5 on the season with a 51-36 non-league victory over the Curwensville Golden Tide last night at the ECCHS gym.
After trailing 18-17 at the half, Elk Catholic went on to outscore the Golden Tide by a 34-18 margin in the second 16 minutes of play.
â€śTonight was a team effort and a good win,â€ť said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub. â€śWe were able to get away with a poor first half.â€ť
With just under a minute and a half left in the fourth quarter of Tuesday evening's contest, the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen held a slim 37-36 lead over the visiting Punxsutawney Chucks. While the Dutchmen only allowed Punxsy to make one more field goal for the remainder of the game, the Chucks were 6-for-7 from the foul line in the final minute to seal their 44-38 victory.
Still, St. Marys Area coach Mark Guido indicated that he was pleased with his team's effort.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch a 67-47 District 9 League setback last night at the ECCHS gym.
The Crusaders were able to use a quick start to jump out to an 18-4 lead after the first eight minutes of play. The Dutch were never able to recover as the Crusaders went on for the victory.
â€śWe had a good start, but I thought we played a little loose in the fourth quarter,â€ť said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub. â€śWe were shooting the ball pretty well and when you make them, they are all good shots.â€ť
Acting on a memo from Pam Cousins, the county's director of the Children & Youth department, Elk County Commissioners paid homage to a worthwhile group hailing from Wilcox during a board meeting Tuesday morning.