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May 22nd, 2014
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.
Torrential downpours overnight throughout Elk County closed or washed out several roadways, and damaged several vehicles and structures throughout Wednesday.
"This was a quick storm with a lot of water in a short period of time," said Mike McAllister, Elk County Emergency Services director. "We had a number of incidents countywide, from Highland Township to Jay Township, and in between, but Ridgway Borough really took the brunt of it."
Despite the inclement weather early in the day on Wednesday, members of the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail and volunteers from throughout the community gathered at the Catholic and Protestant cemeteries in the late afternoon to place flags in markers located next to the headstones of deceased members of the armed forces.
Tom Price, Sergeant-in-Charge of the Detail, remarked that postponing the event was never considered and that it would have taken place as scheduled regardless of the weather.
On Tuesday morning, Kayla Gillen began to send her mother text messages saying that she was in trouble and afraid to leave the apartment where she was staying, according to court records. The text messages reported that Aaron Christopher Johnson, 27, of 436 N. St. Marys St., Apt. 1, had pushed her and smashed several items.
This year's South St. Marys Street Elementary Olympic Games marked the end of an era as Principal Bob Grumley celebrated his final games as he plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2014 school year.
Eleven years ago Grumley spearheaded a movement to host an Olympic Games at the school which has been going strong since.
The annual games have evolved into what has become the highlight of the year for many in the school and local community.
JONES TWP. â€“ An 8-year-old Jones Township boy was injured early Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle while getting to a school bus stop.
State police at Ridgway said the boy was struck by an SUV driven by Stephanie A. Wykoff, 37, of St. Marys
He suffered moderate injuries and was flown to an area hospital for treatment, and was expected to survive.
The Memorial Day Committee has announced completed plans for the annual observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014.
The day's activities will begin at 8 a.m. with graveside services by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1047 in the Protestant Cemetery on Washington Street at the graveside of World War II veteran Richard L. Young.
Similar services will be conducted at the gravesite of World War II veteran John Dailey in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. The public is invited to attend these impressive ceremonies, which emulate the true meaning of Memorial Day.
ERIE â€“ Judge Maurice Cohill sentenced Richard A. Danz, 49, of Matthews, N.C. and formerly of St. Marys, to 46 months in federal prison for embezzling over $400,000 from the Elk County Humane Society during his tenure as volunteer treasurer.
"I want to express a heartfelt apology," Danz said. "I have a capacity to contribute to society and I want to reconcile."
Veronica Conrad, founder of Elk County Humane Society, testified at Monday's sentencing that Danz effectively undid all the work the Humane Society had to do to build themselves up since its founding in Elk County.
The City of St. Marys stormwater management ordinance has received the go-ahead by the Department of Environmental Protection after a lengthy back-and-forth process.
City Solicitor Tom Wagner reported after discussing the intentions of a portion of the ordinance with Tim Bruno of the DEP, Bruno stated he was satisfied with the city's ordinance.
Bruno informed Wagner the city will be receiving a letter instructing them to move ahead with the adoption of the ordinance.