Archive - Oct 24, 2010 - News Article
At "Who I Am:" Discovering the Value in disABILITY, members of the community learned more about how people with disabilities view the world and themselves, how to look through stereotypes to the person beyond, and how everyone is worthy of respect. The presentation, organized by local residents and sponsored by the Erie Diocese and the PEAL Center, was held in the gymnasium at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School on Sunday afternoon.
The Crystal Fire Department honored several members for their years of service at a banquet held Saturday night at the St. Marys Country Club. Department member Ken "Rookie" Weidow served as master of ceremonies at the event. In addition to service awards, the department also recognized people who recently finished their rigorous basic training course that allows them to participate in firefighting and rescue activities.
Bill Kraus, CFD's fire chief, said the annual banquet recognizes members for their hard work and dedication during their time with the all-volunteer organization.
Paul Schaut was one of a number of individuals who, after frequently traveling to Emporium to play golf, decided that St. Marys needed a public course of its own.
Schaut was honored for his involvement in making Bavarian Hills Golf Course a reality during the second annual Bavarian Hills Honoree's Banquet on Sunday afternoon.
Howard McClain, who worked with Schaut several years ago on the construction of an addition to the course's clubhouse, discussed Schaut's contributions to the facility during the ceremony.
The late Ken Anderson was one of two individuals honored on Sunday afternoon during the second annual Bavarian Hills Honoree's Banquet. Anderson assisted with much of the electrical work in the construction of the original clubhouse for the golf course.
Anderson's son, Gary, addressed banquet attendees on behalf of both his family and the family of his sister, Terri Smith, who was also in attendance. He noted that his father had not always been an avid golfer and instead became involved with the efforts to build the golf course after retiring.
JoAnne Smith, Elk County Humane Society Police Officer, addressed the Jay Township Supervisors on Thursday evening about the stray and feral cat problem within the township.
"It's not unique to Jay Township," Smith said. "It is not unique to Elk County. It is not unique to Pennsylvania. It is a nationwide problem. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are 60 million stray and feral cats in the United States."
Smith explained that the large number of stray and feral cats has become a big problem.