February 13th, 2011
The Saturday closest to Valentine's Day has had a special meaning for the residents of Pinecrest for the past several years, as it has been the day when Confirmation students from St. Marys Area High School and Elk County Catholic High School have held their annual Valentine's Day Ball at the facility.
This year's event was held Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and was attended by over 60 residents of the facility. Around 40 Confirmation students from both high schools assisted with the event.
Members of the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail held their annual banquet on Saturday evening at the Bavarian Hills Restaurant, with Detail President Joe Rigard acting as master of ceremonies for the event.
Rigard explained that the Detail was first organized in 1952 and noted that two charter members were in attendance at this year's banquet, Paul Jesberger and Herb Straub.
The Lady Dutch basketball team of the St. Marys Area High School recorded their 19th victory of the season on Saturday evening at the SMAHS Dutch Oven, defeating the Lady Crusaders of Elk County Catholic by a 62-42 score. This marked the third time this season the Lady Dutch came out on top against the Lady Crusaders.
The St. Marys Area gymnastics squad recorded a 128.900-106.525 victory over the DuBois Area gymnasts on Saturday at a meet held at the St. Marys Area Middle School gym.
Molly Eshbach set a new school record in the vault competition with her score of 9.425.
"This was the last home meet and regular meet of the season and our senior gymnasts were recognized: Molly Eshbach, Bobbi Fox, Justin Huey and Megan Longhi," said Irene McCandless, head coach of the St. Marys squad. "We had a real good day. For the most part, the kids hit their routines beautifully.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling team raised their record to 6-9 on the year with a 57-9 victory over the Cameron County Raiders Saturday at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Dutch received six forfeits on Saturday, with six matches being wrestled. There were no matches at 103 and 152.
âThe kids that wrestled did a decent job,â said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra.
The big match was at 285 with Hoy. He did what we call âworking for free,â then got the stalling call that turned out to be big in that match,â said Surra. âKevin (Hoy) learns with every match and is doing a nice job.
Samuel T. "Tom" Mills Sr., 87, of Snyder Memorial Personal Care Home, Marienville, formerly of 190 East Ave., Johnsonburg, died on Feb. 10, 2011 at the Snyder Memorial Personal Care Home, following a lengthy illness.
He was born June 29, 1923, in Johnsonburg, son of the late John A. and Helena M. Ames Mills.
He married Mary Kathleen Bowley on Nov. 15, 1945 in St. Anne's Church, Wilcox, who preceded him in death on July 25, 2007.
Louis L. "Barney" Rollick, 88, of 821 W. Eschbach Rd., St. Marys, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor.
He was born May 7, 1922 in Rathbun, son of the late Aloys (Lewis) and Mary Eskra Rollick.
On Aug. 26, 1950, in the St. Mary's Catholic Church, he married Ida M. Eckert, who preceded him in death on May 5, 2003.
The Johnsonburg Community Center (JCC) will play host to the fifth annual Bean Bake, scheduled for Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
The all-you-can-eat buffet dinner consists of homemade baked beans, a choice of two potato salads - hot German and cold potato salad - applesauce, bread-and-butter pickles, cornbread and molasses spice cake with cream. Coffee, tea, milk, lemonade and ice water will also be served.
Organizers Christine Bressler, JCC recreational director, and Stephanie Distler, owner of Flemish House Art Gallery and studio, located inside the JCC, teamed up in sponsoring the event.
Elk watchers in the Benezette area are likely to be familiar with a large bull with a yellow radio telemetry collar bearing the number 36 that was a common sight around the community.
The elk, which was estimated to be about 18 years old by Doty McDowell, Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer for the Northcentral Region, had to be put down in January after breaking his leg on an icy roadway.
McDowell explained that a husband and wife had found the elk lying on a forested road to the north of Benezette and it appeared he was unable to get up.
Since early January, a number of tribute sites have sprung up on the internet to commemorate the life of Fred, one of Benezette's most well-known inhabitants; however, it is interesting to note that Fred was not a person, but an elk.
Marci Geise, founder of the "Fred Jr. #36 ~ A Lasting Tribute" page on Facebook, explained that she created the page the day after she learned of Fred's passing.