June 15th, 2011
The annual Summer Reading Program is once again under way at the St. Marys Public Library. Registration for the program began on June 1 and will continue throughout the remainder of the month.
Vicki Miller, head of Children's Services, explained that the purpose of the month-long registration is to try to make things easier on parents or other individuals who have to provide transportation to and from the library for the area youth taking part in the program, which is open to individuals age 18 and under.
Two recent Ridgway Area High School graduates are getting a real-world education before heading to college this fall.
Lou Stilwell and Ben Jaques are operating Lou's Canoes in Hallton this summer.
Both Stilwell and Jaques graduated from the high school as members of the Class of 2011. Both are attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the fall for business management and entrepreneurship and will be roommates.
Local residents will forget casual Friday when there is Fireworks "Fun"draising Friday, taking place June 17 in the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot as part of an effort to raise funds for St. Marys' annual firework display on July 2 at the St. Marys Golf Club.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., patrons are encouraged to drop off firework donations while enjoying a free hot dog, donated by Pfaffs Market, and a beverage, donated by First Commonwealth Bank. Drive-thru donations are also welcome.
Members of the St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors, along with school principals, observed a moment of silence on Thursday evening during their regular workshop, in remembrance of students Allen Gursky and Stephen Glatt, who were killed in a fatal ATV accident on Wednesday evening.
"We are extremely saddened by this tragedy and extend our sincere condolences to their families and friends," said Ann Kearney, superintendent.
The main focus of the meeting was a discussion on efforts to increase revenue and decrease expenses.
JAY TWP. â€“Â Two area teenagers were killed Wednesday evening following an ATV crash that occurred at 9:45 p.m. along Mt. Zion Road, 1,542 feet east of Old Dodge Road. According to a report issued by the Ridgway-based Pennsylvania State Police, the crash occurred as a 2010 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO was traveling east on Mt. Zion Road, which is a gravel-improved dirt roadway. The ATV was occupied by a 16-year-old driver of St. Marys and his 16-year-old male passenger of Weedville.
The 2011 Relay for Life of Elk County is offering a wide variety of activities and entertainment, all of which are open to the public. The event begins today at the Fox Township Community Park in Kersey and runs until tomorrow at noon.
In an effort to keep walkers on their feet, Mike Scolari is providing music as the DJ throughout the two days.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys Recreation Department will be offering free art lessons at Kaulmont Park for area youth this summer.
The lessons will be taught by Liz Dippold, an art education major who will be entering her senior year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dippold, who has worked at Kaulmont and Memorial parks during the past few summers, said she is hoping to help students explore their talent and love for art while they learn proper drawing and painting techniques.
It should come as no surprise to area residents that our local youth can be quite creative, especially when it comes to helping others. Toward the end of the 2010-2011 school year, sophomores from Elk County Catholic High School proved this through the completion of "Pay It Forward" projects.
David Charles Fantaskey, 61, formerly of the Commons in Ridgway, died Sunday morning, June 12, 2011, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
He was born Jan. 19, 1950 in Renovo, son of the late Harold C. and Gladys L. (Jordan) Fantaskey.
He had resided in Ridgway for most of his life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was a 1969 graduate of the Ridgway High School. He was a huge John Wayne fan and enjoyed watching the Jets and the Yankees. He had been employed at ELCAM for five years.
Clarence Leroy Russell Sr., 57, of 30 Peters Road, Brockport, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at Elk Regional Medical Center in St. Marys.
He was born May 26, 1954 in Bradford, son of the late Richard and Mary Smith Russell.
On December 31, 1985, he married April Davis, who survives.
He was a member at the Brockport United Methodist Church. He also was a member of the Horton Twp. Sportsmen's Club, Brockport Army/Navy Club and Horton-Brockway Area Lions Club. He also served as a Boy Scout leader for many years. He also enjoyed fishing.