March 1st, 2012
While there is more snow to come and nary a bloom peeping out of the ground, it isnâ€™t stopping area residents from gazing dreamily out of their windows with big plans for their gardens and spring landscaping.
Natalie Aiello, the Elk-Cameron County 4-H/Youth Extension Educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Extension's Master Gardener Coordinator for Elk County, said there are a number of things people can do now to prepare for the planting season.
Those looking to rid their closest of prom and formal gowns, wedding dresses and accessories may consider donating them to local schoolteacher Laura Kuntz, who distributes the gowns to underprivileged girls and women in poverty-stricken Beatyville, Ky.
Now in her fourth year of collecting gowns, Kuntz plans to made the trip to Kentucky this month, earlier than in past years.
Ronald Guilyard, 65, of St. Marys, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh after a short illness.
He was born Jan. 16, 1947, in DuBois, son of the late Gene Sr. and Eloise (Enty) Guilyard. On Sept. 19, 1970, he married Bonita (Jeter) Guilyard of St. Marys.
ECC will meet Clarion-Limestone in consolation game
CLARION - The Johnsonburg Rams advanced to the District 9-A championship game by defeating the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 42-36 score last night at Clarion Universityâ€™s Waldo Tippin Gymnasium in the 9-A semifinals.
Johnsonburg will meet the Ridgway Elkers for the District 9-A championship on Saturday at Clarion University at a time to be announced by the District 9 committee. Ridgway defeated the Clarion-Limestone Lions by a 57-40 score in the other semifinal played at Clarion.
The St. Marys Area Water Authority has announced that rates for customers in St. Marys and Fox Township will increase slightly in March.
The authority's board of governors approved the increase, which goes into effect March 1 and was explained in a notice sent via postal mail to authority customers. According to Dwight D. Hoare, P.E., manager of the St. Marys Area Water Authority, the increase is due to debt service to cover replacement of the 20-inch water main serving the entire system and higher operating costs.
As part of PennDOT's road project along SR 255 in St. Marys, also known as the Million Dollar Highway projects, PennDOT has begun acquiring buildings
According to Marla Fannin, community relations coordinator with PennDOT District 2, the scope of the project is to "provide full depth reconstruction of the roadway from Wal-Mart to the St. Marys Diamond," with the estimated cost being $11 million.
Included in project plans is the widening of the SR 255/ SR 120 intersection.
In an effort to implement cost savings and unify 911 services, nine counties in northern Pennsylvania have teamed up to upgrade to a "Next Generation 911 Telephony System and Network."
The counties are Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Venango and Warren.
"[The counties] have worked together as one entity to create a regional network and improving technology and operations while saving costs to their individual counties," said Michael C. McGrady, the president of MCM Consulting Group out of McMurray.
Area residents attending Saturdayâ€™s Kentucky Headhunters/Confederate Railroad concert will also be treated to the comedy stylings of St. Marys native Brad Leviski, who goes by the stage name of â€śBubba Bradley.â€ť
Leviski said he had always thought about being a comic, but never really got the opportunity until about three and a half years ago.
"I was working at a bar in Montana. I was the head bouncer. A buddy of mine knew a comic in L.A. and had him come in and do a show. They wanted somebody to warm up the crowd for five minutes and I volunteered," Leviski said.
Whenever Kersey resident Amy Donachy returns home, her pet, Wilbur, is there to greet her. He knows his name and even comes when she calls him.
Wilbur is not a dog, cat, or other "traditional" pet, though-- he is a pig.
Donachy, 18, explained that she first got Wilbur two years ago after wanting a pig ever since she was a little girl. When her mother finally gave in, her family looked for a pig on the Pennswoods website and found a litter near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border.
Caroline M. McClain, 89, of 229 Grandview Rd., St. Marys, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at the Pinecrest Manor after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 14, 1922, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Bernard and Caroline Erich Wright.
On Jan. 13, 1940, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Jay P. McClain, who preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 1994.
Mrs. McClain was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Sacred Heart School. She was a member of Queen of the World Church and enjoyed life, her family, and especially her grandchildren.