November 30th, 2014
In addition to talking about the buildings that make up St. Joseph Monastery and the purposes they have served over the years, local historian Ray Beimel also spoke to attendees about the women who resided at the convent throughout its history.
The present location of St. Joseph Monastery is actually the Sisters' second home in St. Marys. The original convent was located closer to the hospital in the area that was also once Harrison Stackpole's backyard.
MT. JEWETT â€“ The horrific scars of D-Day are forever etched in the mind of U.S. Army veteran Bill Carl of Mt. Jewett.
Just 19 years old, Carl was a newly-enlisted soldier with the U.S. 1st Infantry Division (The â€śBig Red Oneâ€ť) that was a key part of the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
Thousands of young Americans died as the German army fired round after round of shells from their fortified bunkers at strategic locations along the hills bordering the beach.
The Elk County Solid Waste Authority has received the first check in support of a fundraiser for Citizens Against Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse, Inc. (CAPSEA), a check which totals $418.
During the month of October, in support of domestic violence awareness month, the Elk County Solid Waste Authority collected electronics to raise money for CAPSEA's flood relief efforts.
The authority gave all the electronics to Orro Fundraising, a company that specializes in the collection of used electronics to be refurbished.
SPRING CREEK TWP. â€“ A Pittsburgh man died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Portland Mills Road in Spring Creek Township.
According to the Ridgway-based state police, 44-year-old Daniel S. McGinnis of Pittsburgh was killed in the crash. He was a passenger in the car.
Richard Joseph Peter Kowalski, 50, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
Beloved brother, uncle, and friend, he was born July 2, 1964.
A resident of Johnsonburg, and a 1983 graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School, he was an employee of Roy B. Constable's Stores. Richard was loved by many, and always brought a special spirit into any room. He lived life to the fullest every day. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting, and playing cards with friends.
Mary Jane (Volovar) Powers, 60, of Enola died in her home on Nov. 29, 2014.
She was born in St. Marys on Dec. 20, 1953.
She graduated from New Castle Business College with a degree specializing in medical records. She was employed as a Medical Records Specialist at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio for 30 years. For the past eight years she was Medical Records Supervisor at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.
She will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit. The cards she would so consistently send will be missed.
Vernon L. "Pops" Ruby, 72, a resident of Elk Haven and formerly of East Eschbach Road, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 at Elk Haven after a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 11, 1942 in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Vernon and Elizabeth Ruby. He had resided in St. Marys since 2005. He was a retired employee of Carol's Awnings in Baltimore.
William Henry Felton, 85, of 45 Wards Landing Rd., St. Helena, S.C., died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, S.C. following a brief illness.
He was born May 5, 1929, son of the late Edna Elizabeth Wolf Felton and Emerson Felton. He married Monica J. Meyer on Nov. 20, 1954.
Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of articles based on the tour of St. Joseph Monastery hosted by local historian Ray Beimel on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22.
What is now the library at St. Joseph Monastery originally served an entirely different purpose. Local historian Ray Beimel chose the location to conclude the tours he held at the facility last weekend. Since the first stop on each tour was the current chapel, it was fitting that the final stop was the original chapel, which was built in 1886.
FOX TWP. â€“ Walmart in Fox Township was evacuated early Friday afternoon after store employees reported receiving a bomb threat over the telephone.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township Fire Department) was dispatched at 1:59 p.m. to provide traffic control at Walmart along Million Dollar Highway.
The store had been evacuated and no traffic was allowed to enter the parking lot. Initial reports indicated the fire units were staging at the Red Fern.
Investigators from the Ridgway-based state police spent the afternoon and evening at the store.