Archive - May 2014 - News Article
Valedictorian Anna VanEerden and Salutatorian Kennedy Weisner left their Elk County Catholic High School Class of 2014 classmates with encouraging sentiments and thoughtful memories during the school's commencement ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
VanEerden described the seniors as a class made of bright, dynamic, inspiring individuals who through "creating memories and sharing experiences has changed us all for the better."
JAY TWP. â€“Â This year's Memorial Day program at Mt. Zion Historical Park featured four different dedication ceremonies. A plaque honoring military members from Jay and Benezette Townships who were killed or missing in action was installed along the walkway, 39 new pavers were added to the walkway, a new citizen's plaque was installed, and two stone benches and adjacent plaques were added.
It was warm and sunny on Monday morning as St. Marys' residents lined the streets from American Legion Post 103 on Center Street to Memorial Park, and then from there to the Diamond, for this year's annual Memorial Day celebration.
"It is a pleasure to see such a nice turnout and the weather cooperating so beautifully today," said Master of Ceremonies Victor Straub as he opened the program at Memorial Park.
ST. MARYS - Elk County Catholic High School honored the accomplishments of the Class of 2014
on Sunday afternoon during the school's annual commencement exercises.
Family and friends of the 62 members of the senior class filled the auditorium for the 12:30 p.m. ceremony, which lasted about one hour.
JAY TWP. â€“Â The annual Memorial Day program was held at Mt. Zion Historical Park on Saturday afternoon, and a number of individuals turned out to honor those who have served in the armed forces. This year's ceremony included the dedication of a plaque honoring all servicemen from Jay and Benezette Townships who have been killed in action or are still missing in action.
Susan McClintick, secretary/treasurer of the Mt. Zion Historical Society provided the welcome for the program, and began by offering a few remarks regarding the society's website.
RIDGWAY â€“ Preliminary reports indicate at least one person is dead after an accident on the Clarion River in the Portland Mills area.
Emergency responders were called to the vicinity of 35080 Portland Mills Rd. in Ridgway Township for an initial report of five individuals in the water, including at least one with injuries. Elk Company 4 (Ridgway Fire Department) and Ridgway Ambulance were called at 3 p.m., and fire chief Scott Pontious later called for a swift water rescue team from Clearfield County to the scene. The coroner was requested to the scene.
RIDGWAY â€“ Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency [PEMA] officials were in the area Thursday to assess the damage from Wednesday's flooding that ravaged Elk County, particularly Ridgway where standing water in some areas reached well over four feet.
Detailed numbers regarding home and business damage, and monetary damages were not readily available Thursday evening as PEMA teams were still analyzing data at the county's 911 Center.
Mike McAllister, director of Elk County's Office of Emergency Services, said teams were still working Thursday evening to assess the damage.
n keeping with tradition South St. Marys Street Elementary introduced a torch relay as part of the school's annual Olympic Games.
After hearing about the new idea, Todd and Kim Taylor, longtime Olympic volunteers, decided to expand on the idea and create a real torch for the games.
"We wanted to do something special for the school and for the Olympics," Todd said.
With the help of his co-workers at Quala-Die, a group of about eight people churned the aluminum and brass torch out in six hours.
This year's Memorial Day parade grand marshal will be WWII veteran Francis (Buzzy) Resch. He was born in 1923, grew up in the area and attended Central Catholic High School, quitting after the 10th grade. He entered the U.S. Army on April 12, 1943, and attended Boot Camp in Fort Bliss, Texas.
He was sent overseas and was in the third wave when he landed on Normandy beaches on June 9, 1944.