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August 5th, 2013
Editor's note: This is the eighth and final part in a series of articles from a presentation recently given by local historian Ray Beimel on the history of the Diamond.
Though it was not originally intended to be, the Diamond has been an important part of St. Marys' history, serving as a gathering place for residents and continuing to change as the community evolves.
There was a slight chill in the air on Sunday morning as area residents descended upon Memorial Park for the second annual Michael B. Proudfit 5K Walk/Run, but the gloomy weather did not deter participants from taking part in the popular event. According to Rachel Schreiber, who helped coordinate the race, there were 125 people preregistered for the event and another 50 estimated to have shown up Sunday morning, making for a total of roughly 175 participants.
The championship of Memorial Park's Mario Kart team tournament on Nintendo 64 pitted a father and son pair against a team of brothers, a result that reflected the fun family friendly nature of the entire event.
"I noticed that a lot of the team members had the same last name, so it was nice to see that a lot of families got together and paired up for the tournament," said Luke Daghir, one of the coordinators of the event.
Editor's note: This is the seventh in a series of articles from a presentation recently given by local historian Ray Beimel on the history of the Diamond.
Throughout the community's history a number of businesses and organizations have been located along the Diamond. Today the area is home to the Boys and Girls Club, City Hall, and Ivan's Men's Wear and Women's Apparel, to name a few.
KERSEY â€“ Organizers of the 39th Annual Elk County Fair are putting the final touches on the fairgrounds, located in Kersey, for the upcoming event taking place Tuesday, Aug. 6 - Saturday, Aug. 10.
On Sunday, those planning to enter exhibits must do so between 2-7 p.m. Registration costs $6 and those will be given a free one-day pass to the fair.
Over the years, college students working at the area parks often carry on certain traditions or even sometimes create new ones of their own. One activity that has become a tradition among staff members at Benzinger Park is having a few pet fish at the park's pavilion during the summer months.
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.