Archive - 2013 - News Article
Editor's note: This is the sixth in a series of articles from a presentation recently given by local historian Ray Beimel on the history of the Diamond.
The appearance of the Diamond has changed several times over the years, going from privately owned land housing businesses to its present state owned by the City. â€¨While the Diamond now contains Christmas trees, at one time there was a fountain and Civil War cannon and cannonballs.
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA) held its first annual Motorcycle Ride for the Elk on Saturday, July 27 and, despite the rainy weather, 58 motorcyclists turned out for the roughly 75-mile ride.
Carla Wehler, KECA member and operations manager of the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, explained that the event, which raised funds for KECA's conservation programs, was a way to welcome motorcyclists to Elk Country.
Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of articles from a presentation recently given by local historian Ray Beimel on the history of the Diamond.
There are a number of monuments on the Diamond, some of which are more well known than others. â€¨One lesser known monument is located on the flagpole at the top of the Diamond, and local historian Ray Beimel explained that he enjoys telling its story because it involves Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
Around 80 players have been taking part in this year's Luhr Park basketball league, which is geared toward boys entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. Teams were randomly selected at the beginning of the summer and play twice a week, with games being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Park staff member Ben Daghir remarked that the park is "overjoyed to have 10 teams this year," adding that playoffs are currently underway in the form of a double elimination tournament. In addition to the regular league games, an all star game was also held in mid-July.
It was sunny and warm for Activity Day at Kaulmont Park on Wednesday morning, and the nice weather complemented the fun morning of activities enjoyed participants and park staff. It was the first time in a year or two that the event was held at Kaulmont, according to park staff, and the hiatus may have contributed to a slightly lower turnout than staff had anticipated.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys man will stand trial for reportedly attempting to detonate multiple pipe bombs in Elk County.
Charges against Kelly James Shaffer, 20, of 853 South Michael St., St. Marys, were bound over for court following a preliminary hearing held Tuesday in front of District Judge Mark Jacob who ruled the prosecution presented sufficient evidence in support of its cage against Shaffer.
Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of articles based on a presentation given recently by local historian Ray Beimel on the history of the Diamond.
The biggest celebration in St. Marys' history took place on Aug. 7, 1919, and the festivities centered around the Diamond. It was a Tuesday and, according to local historian Ray Beimel, "nobody did anything that day but celebrate."
The summer program is ending today at the library for the Kane Elementary School and the Kane Middle School.
Chelsea Bloam, a St. Marys native, is the summer librarian. The library has been open this summer Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
That is what Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) had to say regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline during a visit to Elk County earlier this week.
The project, which according to the website keystone-xl.com, "is a proposed 1,179-mile, 36-inch diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Neb."
Editor's note: This is the third in a series of articles from a presentation recently given by local historian Ray Beimel on the history of the Diamond.
Local historian Ray Beimel noted that while many older community members associate the old bandstand with the Diamond, it was actually "one of those relatively short-lived phenomena" and only in place for 23 years.