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June 2nd, 2011
The Elk County Historical Society will be hosting its annual Strawberry Festival on Friday, June 17 from 5-8 p.m.
The festival will be held along Center Street between Elk and Vine streets in Ridgway.
Upon arrival, participants will be given a strawberry shortcake with biscuits made fresh from Joey's Bakery; the strawberries will be provided by Valley Farm Market in Weedville.
â€śThey are grown and picked fresh the day before,â€ť said society director Mary Kalinowski. â€śAnd it's a very generous portion of strawberry shortcake with ice cream and whipped cream.â€ť
Elk County Catholic High School Class of 2011 co-valedictorians Kylie Auman and Michelle Pistner addressed their classmates for the final time on Sunday during the school's annual commencement program.
Auman said the senior class epitomizes the importance of love and support which they have received from one another, school faculty and the community.
"We have generated a genuine sense of caring for each other over the past four years," Auman said.
She added that the class has faced many trials and tribulations over the past year.
MT. ZION â€“Â Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) dedicated around a hundred new pavers at the Mt. Zion Historic Park during a Memorial Day ceremony held at the site on Saturday afternoon.
Gabler began by remarking that the first thing that came to his mind when he stepped up to the microphone was "thankfulness."
â€śThatâ€™s really what weâ€™re here for to commemorate on Memorial Day. Weâ€™re thankful for the efforts of those brave men and women who have gone before us who have made all of this possible,â€ť Gabler said.
MT. ZION â€“Â Several special presentations were made during the fifth annual dedication ceremony at Mt. Zion Historic Park on Saturday afternoon.
Starting things off was a Gold Star Presentation made by Hank Anderson and Leslie Neal. Richard Coccimiglio, master of ceremonies, explained prior to the presentation that the honor dates back to World War I.
Sunday's sunny skies and warm weather presented a picturesque backdrop for the 86 members of Elk County Catholic High School's senior class as they celebrated their graduation.
A large crowd of parents, families and friends gathered at the school for a morning Baccalaureate Mass and brunch, followed by the traditional graduation ceremony, which began at 12:30 p.m.
Prior to the start of the ceremony, Elk Catholic Headmaster John Kowach welcomed all in attendance during a brief address.
St. Marys native Lt. Col. Daniel F. Kuntz, U.S. Army, served as the Honorary Grand Marshal for this year's Memorial Day celebration, taking part in the annual parade and addressing attendees during the Memorial Day program.
As he began his remarks at Memorial Park in front of a large crowd, he noted that it was both a beautiful day and "great to be back in St. Marys once again."
MT. ZION â€“Â The Honorable Richard Masson, 59th Judicial District Judge, took part in the fifth annual Memorial Day Dedication at Mt. Zion Historic Park on Saturday afternoon, addressing the large crowd gathered about the plans currently under way for a Civil War memorial for the Elk County chapter of the Bucktails.
Masson began by commenting on the Historic Park in general, referring to it as a â€śwonderful facility.â€ť
The annual graveside services to honor war veterans were held once again on Monday morning in both the St. Mary's Catholic and Protestant cemeteries. This year's services were held at the graves of World War II veteran William Herbstritt in the Catholic cemetery and Korean War veteran Larry Bucher Jr. in the Protestant cemetery. The ceremonies were conducted by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1047.
Angela Chew, a licensed clinical social worker who works part-time at Dickinson Center Inc. Possibilities Autism Center in Ridgway, is shown checking some of the facility's equipment used to help treat youngsters with the disorder. Photo by Amy Cherry.
In an effort to bring autism disorders to the forefront, Dickinson Center, Inc. is hosting its first Autism Awareness Charity Ball on Friday, June 3 at the Red Fern in St. Marys.
The budget proposed by the state House of Representatives would cut 10 percent of critical funding for services to victims of abuse and rape, forcing nonprofit organizations like CAPSEA, Inc. [Citizens Against Physical, Sexual & Emotional Abuse] to make serious cutbacks, according to CAPSEA Executive Director Billie Jo Weyant.
CAPSEA also provides legal assistance for people living in poverty to address such needs as home foreclosures, disability benefits, and homeless assistance.
According to Weyant this cut would revert the organization back to its 1998 budget level.