September 11th, 2011
William Harold Covert Jr., 82, of 302 Vernon Ave., Ridgway, died Friday, September 9, 2011, at his residence.
He was born March 22, 1929, in East Smethport, the son of the late William H. and Catherine Marie Oviatt Covert Sr. On April 5, 1991, he married Laura Mae Dickinson, who survives.
Raymond J. Blair Sr., 94, of 144 Blair Road, St. Marys, died at his residence on Saturday, September 10, 2011 following an illness of the past year.
He was born February 27, 1917 in Niagara Falls, N.Y., a son of the late Fedell and Caroline Groll Blair. On March 24, 1943, he married the late Wanda Dukich Blair, who preceded him in death on May 1, 2001.
Kenneth L. Bedford, 91, of Old Portage Road, Emporium, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home of St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born March 16, 1920 in Driftwood, a son of the late Percy H. and Matilda "May" Bedford.
He was raised in Johnsonburg, but lived most of his life in New York and came back to Pennsylvania in 2008.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch football team raised their record to 2-0 on the season with a 44-6 victory over the Clarion-Limestone Lions in a game played at Dutch Country Stadium on Elementary Night.
Elementary Night was interrupted by lightning with 8:20 to go in the first quarter. Each time lightning was spotted, a 25-minute delay occurred. The delay began at 7:07 p.m., with the game resuming at 8:23 p.m. The stands were also cleared due to the lightning.
DUKE CENTER - The Elk County Crusader football team shut out the Otto-Eldred Terrors 48-0 on Friday evening, winning on the road to remain undefeated. While there were showers in the area, the rain held off for the duration of the game in Duke Center.
"It was a slow start, but it was a complete game offensively and defensively," said ECC coach Travis Skrzypek. "They finished well. We were a little worried in the third quarter there, but they got it together. It was a total team effort. Everybody got time tonight. Everybody responded, everybody played well."
St. Marys used two second-half goals to take a 2-0 victory over Ridgway in the semifinals of the Elk County Soccer Tournament Friday afternoon.
"At no moment during that game did we have it easy," St. Marys coach Russ Micale said. "It was hard-fought the whole way through. After we scored, something sparked that momentum to get us going. After we put that one in, it seemed like everybody fed off that. We were able to get another one in, too, right after that."
KERSEY - The Elk County Catholic Crusader soccer team defeated the Johnsonburg Rams by a 7-1 score Friday afternoon in the opening round of the Elk County Boysâ€™ Soccer Tournament, played at Angela Huey Field in Kersey.
The Crusaders will meet the St. Marys Area Dutchmen today at noon for the tournament crown, while the Rams and the Ridgway Elkers played at 10 a.m. today in the consolation match. St. Marys beat Ridgway 2-0.
The Crusaders wasted little time in getting on the board as Jake Herbstritt scored with 38:53 left in the first half, giving ECC the 1-0 lead.
On Monday, St. Marys residents and visitors will be able to begin utilizing the new parking garage, located on Depot Street in downtown St. Marys.
The City of St. Marys is offering 30 days of free parking inside the two-story, 189-stall garage, which took approximately one year to complete.
Although the garage is open, the Area Transportation Authority's (ATA) portion of the facility, located on the first level, remains unfinished. City of St. Marys Manager Dave Greene said they expect the ATA portion to open by the end of this year.
The decade since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 has brought a number of changes to nearly every facet of Americans' lives. While these changes have been both good and bad, one area organization that has had a positive change is the City of St. Marys Police Department (SMPD).
According to SMPD Chief Todd Caltagarone, police training has been steadily improving over the past several years.
The Ridgway Main Street Program, Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce and the Elk County Council on the Arts [ECCOTA] are teaming up once again to coordinate for this year's The Flavors of Fall festival and the Art on the Edge Trail event.
Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki is reaching out to food and craft vendors for this year's festival, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vendors will receive a 10x10-foot spot on the courthouse lawn. Bogacki is also in search of musical acts to perform at the courthouse gazebo.