November 15th, 2010
Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey Krieg was the guest speaker at the St. Marys American Legion Post 103's annual Veterans Day Banquet on Saturday evening at Bavarian Hills in St. Marys. Krieg explained that he was asked to speak about the Sheriff's Office because many people are unsure of its actual purpose.
According to Krieg, the Sheriff's Office is the oldest law enforcement division in Pennsylvania and dates back to the founding of the Commonwealth.
"We were arresting people back in the 1700s, long before there were state police and municipal police and everything else," Krieg said.
Letters From Home is set to put together around 3,500 packages for men and women currently serving in the armed forces in both the United States and abroad.
Chris Jovenitti, director of Letters From Home, addressed attendees at American Legion Post 103's annual Veterans Day Banquet on Saturday evening about the program's upcoming events.
St. Marys American Legion Post 103 held its annual Veterans Day Banquet on Saturday evening at the Bavarian Hills in St. Marys.
Victor Straub, Legion member and master of ceremonies, informed the sizable crowd of attendees that this year marked the organization's 64th annual banquet.
One of the first items on the evening's agenda was a ceremony to honor all of the prisoners of war and those missing in action.
"It is a special service that is recommended before every Veterans Day function," Straub said. "It is a very impressive service."
Elk County Catholic closed out the 2010 football season on Friday night as they lost a 47-40, four overtime thriller to the Port Allegany Gators in the opening round of the District 9-A playoffs at Dutch Country Stadium.
Both teams turned in outstanding performances last night in a game that was exciting from start to finish.
Rocco â€śDutchâ€ť Rio, 88, died Friday, Nov. 12 at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
He was born on Sept. 11, 1922 in Tyler, son of the late Jiacamo Rio and Anna Krolick.
He married Julianna â€śJayâ€ť Kematick on Aug. 16, 1947 and she survives.
Sylvester S. Himes, 69, of 455 Fairview Hill Road, Ridgway, died Thursday evening at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
William A. Johnson, 75, of Pinecrest Manor, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 at his residence.
He was born March 23, 1935, in Philipsburg, the son of the late William R. and Margaret Goss Johnson. Mr. Johnson had resided in Ridgway for most of his life. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
He had been employed at Motion Control and at the Boot Jack Service Station. He enjoyed playing bingo.
He is survived by a cousin, Donna Penfield of Ridgway.
In order to honor deceased veterans in local cemeteries, Helpings Hands of St. Marys is hoping to place a wreath on the grave of every deceased veteran in St. Marys and Kersey for the holiday season.
Dolly Wehler, member of Helping Hands, said her organization has been decorating veterans' graves with holiday wreaths for the past few years in conjunction with a program called Wreaths Across America. This year, they are working together with the Vietnam Veterans of America Bucktail Chapter 720 to expand the project to the Kersey area.
George T. Stroup, 85, of Weedville, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, in New Jersey.
He was born Jan. 3, 1925 in Greenville, son of the late Joseph and Mabel Patterson Stroup.
He married E. Jane Rhine, who preceded him in death.
William McKinney, 65, of 1070 E. Eschbach Road, St. Marys, died on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at the DuBois Nursing Home after a brief illness.
He was born July 20, 1945, in Westville, son of the late William and Effie Wolf McKinney.
On Aug. 24, 1968, in the Brockway Methodist Church, he married Nancy E. Brown, who survives.