Archive - News Article
June 18th, 2012
Editor's note: This is the eighth part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Erie Avenue area.
According to local historian Ray Beimel, at one time "you could pretty much buy everything you wanted" on Erie Avenue.
During a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center on the history of the Erie Avenue area, Beimel briefly discussed many of the prominent businesses that once lined the roadway.
After more than a year of fundraising, planning and work, members of the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail saw their vision realized during the dedication of veterans' monuments at the St. Mary's Catholic and Protestant cemeteries Saturday afternoon.
The idea for the monuments honoring the veterans laid to rest in the community's cemeteries was first discussed by detail members in March 2011, and they promptly got the ball rolling with outreach and fundraising efforts.
Citing budget cuts and continuing economic downturn, a greater number of public school districts in further tightening the purse strings have turned to the option of charging participation fees for student involvement in athletic and other extracurricular activities.
A number of notable local businesses got their start along Erie Avenue, one of which was the Lyn-Clare Flower shop, which was started by Evelyn Chase and Clare Geitner. The business was one of several discussed by local historian Ray Beimel during a recent presentation he gave at the St. Marys Senior Center on the history of Erie Avenue.
Beimel explained that "at some point, Evelyn became allergic to flowers," and remarked to attendees that "many of you remember she was a great one for making paper flowers. The reason she did that was because she couldn't be around real flowers anymore."
FOX TWP. â€“Â Fox Township has a multitude of clubs and other activities available for youngsters throughout the summer, according to Debby Agosti, Fox Township Recreational Facilities Director.
Agosti is in charge of the township's 15 summer help students who are responsible for coordinating and running the various events during the summer months.
"What I usually do is wait until I get my college students and then we put it out on the table what they want to bring to the park and what they want to offer to the kids. It's always nice to have that variety," Agosti said.
The Rice Foundation, established by Dr. Jeffrey Rice of DuBois with the goal of providing much-needed medical care to the residents of Copan, Honduras, has succeeded in erecting a birthing clinic and surgery center and treating over 60,000 patients since its inception. Rice said the services provided by the foundation and day-to-day operations are made possible by a dedicated network of volunteers who attend regular mission trips to Copan led by the foundation.
Local historian Ray Beimel remarked that while "we don't think of Erie Avenue as being an important industrial place anymore," back in the early 1900s it was.
During a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center, Beimel showed attendees a photograph from 1917 of the location where the Novelty Incandescent Lamp Company, which later became Sylvania, got its start.
"Sylvania light bulbs started in St. Marys in the back room of the bakery building. That's where the Elks' parking lot is now," Beimel said. "They didn't manufacture light bulbs, they remanufactured them."
The staff at Benzinger Park in St. Marys will be busy this summer as the park continues to provide activities for individuals of all ages. This year, Park Director John Schneider, who is in his 20th year at the facility, has 13 summer workers helping to ensure that members of the public are provided with quality programs, especially those geared toward area youth.
RIDGWAY - Steps to strengthen source water protection were discussed at an Elk County Gas Task Force meeting earlier this week.
Jodi Foster, community and economic development coordinator for the Elk County Planning Department, said Watershed Specialist Kim Bonfardine is ready to start source water monitoring in Brockway. She noted that although Brockway is in Jefferson County and not in Elk County, the reason for the monitoring is because much of Brockway's source water stems from Elk County.
RIDGWAY - During a meeting of the Elk County Gas Task Force held earlier this week, task force chairperson and Elk County Commissioner June H. Sorg asked guest Bruce Manning, director of the McKean County Emergency Management Agency, about concerns some residents had brought up about trucks that transport hydrofracturing fluid or hazardous chemicals to and from Marcellus drilling sites.