May 12th, 2011
The Jay Township Volunteer Fire Company, which serves both Jay and Benezette townships, is attempting to proactively combat its declining membership by holding an informational meeting for individuals who may be interested in volunteering in an emergency or non-emergency setting. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the township fire hall on Cleveland Street.
According to fire chief John Schneider, the declining membership is due both to members retiring and to a general loss of interest in the department by the community.
Indoor performance groups from Elk County Catholic and St. Marys Area high schools turned in impressive performances during the culmination of their seasons at the Atlantic Coast Championships recently held in Wildwood, N.J.
Each SMA group finished in the top 10 of their class, with the dance team bringing home top honors and a championship banner for the eighth time in nine years. The colorguard placed eighth out of 13 units, while the drumline placed ninth out of 21 units.
JOHNSONBURG - The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch and the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader track and field teams won their respective Elk County Track and Field championships Thursday at the 2011 Elk County Track and Field Meet held at the Johnsonburg complex.
The Dutch won the boysâ€™ title with 81 points. Elk Catholic was second with 77 and Johnsonburg third with 28.
The Lady Crusaders won the girlsâ€™ meet with 93 points, followed by Johnsonburg with 53.50 and St. Marys with 41.50.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch tennis team successfully defended their District 9 Class AA team title Wednesday when they defeated the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 4-1 score in a match played at Benzinger Park.
â€śIt was a very, very good match. The boys did well,â€ť said St. Marys coach Sue Lepovetsky. â€śWe spent a long time preparing for this, especially with the weather.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s nice to see the team repeat as District 9 champions,â€ť she added.
The Dutch went up 1-0 when Brandon Romain defeated Ben Wortman 6-1, 6-2 at second singles.
Joan G. Hoffman, 81, formerly of 696 JoJo Rd., Kane, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Lutheran Home at Kane.
Born April 10, 1930, in St. Marys, she was a daughter of the late Albin and Gertrude Kaiser Kraus.Â
On Sept. 6, 1948, in St. Marys, she married Paul R. Hoffman Sr., who preceded her in death in 2003.
Ronald E. "Dingo" Bullers, 64, of 416 Mill St., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a brief illness.
He was born on Nov. 7, 1946 in Ridgway, son of the late William L. and Hattie Schenk Bullers.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1964. He belonged to the Central Hose Co., Kane Country Club, Johnsonburg Elks Club and Rolfe Sportsmen's Club. He was a former Knothole, Little League and American Legion baseball coach and was an avid golfer.
Barbara A. Anderson, 70, of 293 Coal Hollow Rd., Kersey, died Wednesday morning, May 11, 2011, at her home after a lengthy illness.
She was born Feb. 13, 1941 in Erie and had been a resident of the Kersey area since 1964.
She attended Johnsonburg schools.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald P. Himes Sr., on Sept. 26, 1971. On July 7, 1973, in St. Marys, she married Ronald L. Anderson, who preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 2008.
Mrs. Anderson enjoyed her grandchildren, making afghans and being with her family and friends.
Letter carriers in St. Marys and Fox Township will not only be delivering the mail this Saturday; they'll also be collecting food donations from residents for "Stamp Out Hunger," the country's largest annual food drive. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, sponsors the annual food drive, which collects nonperishable food items that help to feed the hungry in all 50 states.
Computer Games 4 Fun, an organization founded earlier this year by Ridgway resident Bob Schloder, is seeking old computers that can be refurbished, filled with games, and given to area residents at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or those in similar situations as a means of mental stimulation. In recent months, Schloder has already provided computers for a few residents at Silver Creek Terrace and Elk Towers, both in St. Marys, and Ridgmont in Ridgway.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors approved numerous business items Monday evening during their regular meeting.
Among the items approved were increases in lunch prices for the 2011-12 school year, including a five-cent increase for elementary student and 25 cents for middle and high school students, teachers and a la carte menu purchases.