August 21st, 2011
A memorial tree was planted Sunday at the Kane Armory along Chestnut Street to honor Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, a Kane native who was killed July 18 while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
A bronze plaque honoring the soldier was installed at the base of the tree.
"The tree is something that will always remind us of him," Lt. Drew Campbell said during the ceremony. "We wanted to do something unique because he was unique. His life may have ended, but the tree will continue to grow in his memory."
A parking committee consisting of city councilmen Bob Roberts and Steve Skok and City Manager Dave Greene recently held its second meeting with area residents to discuss proposed changes to parking in the downtown area as the parking garage being constructed downtown is nearing completion.
Raymond A. Feldbauer, 74, of 250 Euclid Avenue, Ridgway, died Friday, August 19, 2011 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born November 10, 1936 in St. Marys. On March 28, 1959, in St. Marys, he married Judith Rouqez, who preceded him in death in 1975. On February 21, 1976, in the St. Mary's Church, he married Ann Ehrensberger, who survives.
Mary E. Stahli, 83, of Worrall Street, Wilcox, died at home Saturday, August 20, 2011 after a lengthy illness.
She was born May 5, 1928 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Francis P. and Maude (Fellows) McCabe. On March 17, 1949, she married Harold Stahli, who preceded her in death on August 16, 1987.
She lived all her life in Johnsonburg and Wilcox and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School. She was employed by Stackpole Carbon of Johnsonburg for many years and the Grant House of Wilcox.
Roger A. â€śBuckyâ€ť Taylor, 59, of 222 Lawrence Street, St. Marys, died Friday, August 19, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born July 29, 1952 in St. Marys, son of the late Kenneth Taylor and Anna Kematick Taylor of St. Marys, who survives. On October 5, 2002, in the St. Boniface Church, he married Cindy Rigard, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area, was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1970, and graduated from Jeff Tech in 1988. He was a former employee of the Stackpole Carbon Co. and Metaldyne.
At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, both residents and officials shared their growing frustration and anxiety over a recent spate of theft and vandalism involving traffic and street signs.
Supervisor Murray K. Lilley said the theft of signage is costing the township a fortune. He estimated the cost of replacing a single stolen or vandalized sign at $250.
The Thursday night Jay Township Supervisors meeting began with an exchange over freedom of information, with attendees defending their right to record such proceedings.
At Thursday's meeting, two attendees had handheld dictaphones and one had a video camera.
Supervisors said they were upset that information from a previous "special" insurance meeting on Aug. 5, 2011 had appeared in an area newspaper as well as on the internet.
As a creative writing major, Jenna Rhodes of Kersey is off to a successful start, with one of her poems selected from among more than 5,000 submissions for publication in the 2011 edition of The Apprentice Writer literary magazine.
Now in its 29th year, The Apprentice Writer was created by Gary Fincke, professor of English and creative writing and director of the Writersâ€™ Institute at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. The magazine publishes some 70 poems, stories, personal essays, photographs and works of art by high school students from a 20-state area.
Things went from bad to worse when a fire ripped through the home of Jim and Nancy Bodien at 45 Fremont Ave., Ridgway, last Saturday night.
The kitchen, dining room and bathroom took the brunt of the fire leaving the smoke and water to destroy the rest of the home.
Five miles away at Nancy's mother's residence, she received a call from her sister at about 10:10 p.m. Saturday night to tell her that her house was on fire.
Fortunately, no one was in the home at the time of the blaze.
Adeline E. Lenze, 89, of 155 Cross Road, St. Marys, died unexpectedly Thursday, August 18, 2011 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.
She was born May 1, 1922, in St. Marys, daughter of the late William and Adeline Cannon Minnick. On November 8, 1941, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Mark C. Lenze, who preceded her in death on June 11, 2010.