Archive - 2010 - News Article
A county-wide effort to promote breast cancer awareness last Friday had area residents seeing pink.
As part of a county-wide Pink Day, students in the St. Marys, Ridgway and Johnsonburg school districts, as well as employees at the Elk County Courthouse and North Central, dressed in pink clothing and accessories.
The idea behind the event first came about two years ago when Kate McGonnell, a guidance counselor at the St. Marys Area Middle School, coordinated a district-wide pink day. Students were encouraged to wear pink and various events were held at each of the different schools.
ERIE - St. Marys Area Middle School students participated in the Northwest Pennsylvania Middle School Association (NWPMSA) Student Leadership Conference held on Oct. 19 at the James S. Wilson Middle School in Erie.
As interest in the development of the Marcellus Shale continues to grow, many people want to find out more of the basic facts about the massive natural gas formation. Recently Scott Weikert, a Forest Resource Educator from the Forest County Penn State Cooperative Extension, presented a basic overview on the Marcellus Shale for landowners.
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.
Decker's Chapel, believed to be one of the smallest churches in the world, is getting spruced up by members of the Elk County Historical Society (ECHS).
The chapel dates back to 1856, when it was built by Michael Decker Sr., a St. Marys pioneer.
The ECHS, which was organized in 1964, obtained Decker's Chapel on April 20, 1990 from Decker's descendants, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Schneider. In 1998, ECHS's application to put the chapel on the National Register of Historic Places was approved.
The â€śGive What You Canâ€ť Campaign for the Hutton Family Relief Fund will conclude on Friday night at the Homecoming football game between SMAHS and Union. The game will be held at Dutch Country Stadium at 7 p.m.Â A collection bucket will be set up just inside the main entrance and patrons will be able to make a donation in any amount.Â