Donations for the Coaches vs. Cancer program will once again be collected during the annual varsity basketball Elk County Holiday Tournament, which is scheduled to be held this year on Wednesday, Dec. 29 and Thursday, Dec. 30 at St. Marys Area High School. The tournament is held between the varsity girls' and boys' basketball teams from St. Marys Area High School, Elk County Catholic High School, Johnsonburg Area High School and Ridgway Area High School.
Students at St. Marys Catholic Middle School succeeded in raising an amount above their anticipated goal during their unique fundraiser to purchase farm animals for needy families.
During their recent two-week long fundraiser as part of the Heifer International Project, students donated leftover change in cans located throughout the school. They could also contribute by paying $1 to participate in a dress-down day. There were also several donations from the community.
"People were really generous," said Student Council President Madison Stoltz. "We were surprised at the final amount."
Jerome V. Wickett, 80, of Austin, and formerly of St. Marys, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 13, 1930 in St. Marys, a son of the late Leonard and Mary Kerchinski Wickett. He was married to Bertha Brennen Wickett, who survives.
Mr. Wickett attended St. Marys schools and was a member of Queen of the World Church.
Willis Wilbur Smith, 83, of Gardner Hill Road, Weedville, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 at Elk Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 22, 1927 on Gardner Hill in Weedville, the son of the late Willard R. and Esther I. Smith. On March 2, 1957, he married Alta Byerly, who survives.
George Lewis Doane, 86, of 96 Doane Dr., Falls Creek, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 at Highland View Health Care Center in Brockway.
He was born Aug. 2, 1924, in Allens Mills, son of the late Jacob J. and Nettie F. Morris Doane.
He married Caroline Senior, who preceded him in death on March 29, 2009.
He was a member of the Sandy Valley Church of God. He was employed as a machine operator in the decorating Department at Brockway Glass Plant 2.
He enjoyed tinkering in his basement at home.
Elk Catholic's Crusaders recorded a big victory on Thursday evening when they handed the previously undefeated DuBois Central Cardinals a 69-64 overtime loss at the Aaron J. Straub Gym on the Elk Catholic campus. Ben Daghir's three-point shot at the buzzer tied the game at 54-all at the end of regulation, then the Crusaders outscored the Cardinals 15-10 in the OT to win the game.
"This was a good win against a very good team," stated Coach Aaron Straub of the Crusaders. "I am very happy with the way we played tonight. We played a very aggressive ball game, both on offense and defense."
The Port Allegany Gators overcame an early lead by the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestlers to come up with a 36-29 victory last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
St. Marys was able to take a 17-0 lead as Damien Wensel recorded an 8-4 decision at 103 pounds over Lucas Manning. Trenton Bowers gave the Dutch a 9-0 lead when he pinned Dalton Caden at the one-minute mark of their 112-pound match.
Earlier this week, members of city council gave their approval to tentative projects for the city's 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
Community and Economic Development Coordinator Tina Gradizzi explained to council that two projects presented at the first public hearing earlier this month qualify for the funding. These projects entail administration costs and street and road improvements within the city.
This holiday season the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas ornament features the Elk Country Visitors Center.
"We felt it was appropriate to feature the visitors center, as it has been a huge attraction to our area," said Sally Wilson, Chamber executive director.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the Christmas ornament program, the Chamber is offering two different designs.
The first design is an ivory ornament with a color photo of the visitors center with "Elk Country Visitor Center" written in ivory script.
The refurbishment of the St. Leo Catholic Church began earlier this month and is off to a good start, according to Father Brian Vossler.
â€śThe progress for our refurbishing has gone very well so far,â€ť Vossler said. â€śAt first, we got off to a slow start because we were waiting for a company from North Carolina to come and pick up our pews. They were delayed by about a week and a half, but we did some planning and did some work out in the gathering space so it wasn't completely wasted time, and once we got all of the contractors on board it's been going very smoothly.â€ť