January 14th, 2011
January is National Blood Donor Month and according to Robert Newell, Executive Director of the Elk-Cameron Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross, only about five percent of eligible people actually donate blood.
"Nationally it's only five percent and I imagine we are probably pretty close to that," Newell said.
Factors that would exempt someone from being eligible to donate include if they are taking certain medications, have traveled to certain parts of the world or have recently gotten a tattoo.
Students at South St. Marys Street Elementary had the chance to become a living part of science of Friday morning during a unique presentation.
Two presentations took place in the school's auditorium, each exploring light and electricity.
The Living Science program, offered through the Bureau of Lectures, featured presenter Helen Stevens who interacted with students throughout the program. According to Stevens she will present the program to 250,000 students this year.
Several demonstrations took place, each featuring student volunteers.
The Elk County Humane Society is planning to begin a trap, neuter and release program to help control the feral cat population within the county.
While the program is expected to begin sometime this year, Humane Officer JoAnne Smith urged the public to be patient as the society waits for all of the necessary grant funding to become available.
"We're about halfway there," Smith said with regard to the funding. "Hopefully the rest of the funding will come in the first part of this year. It's about $12,000 just to equip the room and that doesn't cover the veterinarian's costs."
A reorganizational meeting for all volunteers interested in helping with this year's Reality Tour, a drug prevention and awareness program, will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at the Elk County Courthouse Annex in Ridgway.
Reality Tour Co-Directors Cindy Cortinovis and Val Weis said both youth and adult volunteers are welcome to attend the meeting. Youth volunteers are eligible for service hours in assisting with the tours.
"I appreciate everyone's effort to help keep this program going. Without volunteers we will not be successful," said Cortinovis.
SMETHPORT -- "He'll die a captive."
That's how McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn described the fate of Thomas Paul Haggie, who was sentenced Thursday to two "consecutive" life terms in state prison for the 2009 Bradford murder of a 21-year-old woman and her unborn son.
Learn said the sentence, which was handed down by McKean County President Judge John Pavlock during a 12-minute proceeding at the county courthouse, is "a
fitting end to this case."
William "Bill" Eugene Pitzer, 84, died on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at his home in Morehead City, N.C., surrounded by people that loved him.
Born May 25, 1926, he was raised in Cumberland, Md. In his adult years, he lived in St. Marys, where he raised his family and practiced chiropractic for more than 35 years.
In retirement he moved to Saint Michael's, Md., and finally settled in Morehead City in July 2009 to be closer to his children.
Arthur Osmer, 73, of 215 Birch St., Kane, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at the Cleveland Clinic.
He was born Jan. 30, 1937, in Kane, the son of Arthur and Helen Gerarge Osmer.
On Sept. 5, 2009, in Kane, he married Nancy DeCecchis, who survives.
He had been employed by Coca-Cola in Bradford for 25 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW in Coudersport. He served in the U.S. Marines.
Francis M. Gerber, 88, of 188 Wehler Rd., St. Marys, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011.
He was born Feb. 1, 1922 in St. Marys, a son of the late Bernard and Theresa Wendel Gerber.
On Aug. 24, 1944 in St. Joseph Church in Force, he married the late Mary L. Parziale Gerber, who preceded him in death on Jan. 28, 2005.
ST. MARYS - The St. Marys Area High School Swim and Dive Team held their 2011 home opener on Thursday night against the Brookville Raiders. The Dutch and Lady Dutch squads won their meets, raising their records to 2-0 for the season.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling team raised their record to 5-4 with a 63-8 victory over the short-handed Johnsonburg Rams.
The Dutchmen won nine matches by forfeit: picking up forfeit wins were Evan Smith at 119 pounds, Alex Coudriet at 125, Darren Lyon at 135, Alex Feldbauer at 140, Joe McLaughlin at 189, Jimmy Antonelli at 215, Kevin Hoy at 285, Damien Wensel at 103 and Trenton Bowers at 112 pounds.
In wrestling action, Jesse Wolfe of the Rams recorded a 15-0 technical over Bill Gabor at the 2:42 mark of their 130-pound match.