May 28th, 2012
KERSEY - At Monday morning's Fox Twp. Memorial Day celebration, Elk County native Major Ted Kline (USMC-Ret.) was the keynote speaker.
"When I was a fifth grader here in 1975, I never would have imagined back then that this memorial would be on this site and that I would be asked to speak here," Kline said, referring to the adjacent Fox Twp. Elementary School and the veterans' memorial in front of the Fox Twp. Community Center.
Kline noted the importance of Memorial Day in the nation's history and the part it plays in local history.
ST. MARYS - Elk County Catholic High School honored the accomplishments of the Class of 2012 on Sunday afternoon during the school's 50th commencement exercises.
The 72 members of the senior class gathered Sunday morning for graduation activities, which began with a Baccalaureate Mass and a senior slideshow presentation in the school chapel and were followed by a brunch in the gymnasium.
"Memorial Day is meant for remembrance, and remembrance not only of the men and women who gave their lives so that we might be free, but of their families, to whom we also owe the deepest debt of gratitude," said Lieutenant Colonel Randall S. Weisner, honorary grand marshal of the community's Memorial Day parade and guest speaker at the Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Park on Monday morning.
Kaylee Lynne Nicklas, infant daughter of Benedict Nicklas and Rebecca Hoffman, was born and died on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
St. Marys Area United Way Executive Director Candace L. Eckert might be new to the job, but she has been raring to go from day one.
Eckert, who took the position in early April, has been spending time learning the ins and outs of the organization and has set a goal of making as many area residents aware of what the United Way does as possible.
"What I'm hoping to accomplish is to get the United Way out there again. I want to educate people on what the United Way is and what they offer to the community or give back to the community," Eckert said.
ST. MARYS - In honor of Memorial Day, a luminary service hosted by Elk Regional Health Center was held on Thursday night in recognition of individuals and organizations for their service to both community and country.
The evening began with a rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" sung by Betty Schogren, Rene Smith, and the Rev. Craig Duffield.
In welcoming those in attendance, Gregory P. Bauer, president and CEO of Elk Regional Health System, discussed the importance of recognizing the sacrifice of America's servicemen and women.
Events such as cookouts, family reunions, and graduation parties make Memorial Day weekend a time of revelry for many area residents.
While recycling is not likely at the forefront of most people's minds during this time, individuals still should be cognizant some of the materials that can be recycled following their holiday gatherings.
"Not only should people think about what they can recycle, they should also consider what they can re-use to reduce what goes into the trash at the end of the day," said Bekki Titchner, Elk County recycling and solid waste coordinator.
In preparation for their annual Olympic games, teachers at South St. Marys Street Elementary School spend the entire year planning lessons and activities centered around the country they represent during the games.
The kindergarten classes represent the United States each year in order to learn about their home country.
RIDGWAY â€“ At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, Enforcement Officer Dave Stubber reported traveling 462 miles and working 152 hours between April 24 and May 19. He conducted three new investigations: one dumping on Bendigo Road and two incidents of failing to file a permit for demolition. One citation is expected, the other permit violation will be investigated by DEP and Stubber expects a successful prosecution in the dumping incident.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball squad fended off a rally by the Port Allegany Gators on Thursday afternoon to record an 18-8 victory in six innings during a quarterfinal contest at Berwind Park in St. Marys.
"We were up 6-1 and they (Port) kept fighting to come back. They had a big inning, and we let them back in the game, and at least our kids stayed focused enough to keep fighting back and keep battling on," said ECC coach Tom Zampogna.