The Rice Foundation, established by Dr. Jeffrey Rice of DuBois with the goal of providing much-needed medical care to the residents of Copan, Honduras, has succeeded in erecting a birthing clinic and surgery center and treating over 60,000 patients since its inception. Rice said the services provided by the foundation and day-to-day operations are made possible by a dedicated network of volunteers who attend regular mission trips to Copan led by the foundation.
Local historian Ray Beimel remarked that while "we don't think of Erie Avenue as being an important industrial place anymore," back in the early 1900s it was.
During a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center, Beimel showed attendees a photograph from 1917 of the location where the Novelty Incandescent Lamp Company, which later became Sylvania, got its start.
"Sylvania light bulbs started in St. Marys in the back room of the bakery building. That's where the Elks' parking lot is now," Beimel said. "They didn't manufacture light bulbs, they remanufactured them."
The staff at Benzinger Park in St. Marys will be busy this summer as the park continues to provide activities for individuals of all ages. This year, Park Director John Schneider, who is in his 20th year at the facility, has 13 summer workers helping to ensure that members of the public are provided with quality programs, especially those geared toward area youth.