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In addition to collecting and cataloguing items related to the history of the area, the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township also undertakes efforts to preserve and restore items that have a particular historical significance.
This effort started a few years ago when the society began to look for a way to repair a large three-foot by five-foot hand-drawn image of St. Marys and Benzinger Township that a resident had found in his attic and given to Charlie Schaut. The image, according to Bill Bauer, was in "lousy shape" when it was given to Schaut in 1964.
The Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township held its 49th annual banquet on Sunday evening at the Diamond View Restaurant to commemorate the founding of Sancta Marienstadt on Dec. 8, 1842.
President and Emcee Bill Conrad opened the evening's program by asking attendees to observe a moment of silence for two recently departed board members, Jim Auman and Andrew Kaul.
Over 50 residents of Beattyville, Ky. benefitted from this year's "Christmas in Kentucky" program spearheaded by local teacher Laura Kuntz of St. Marys.
"It always amazes me how generous this community is, in spite of our own financial difficulties. I have done this for 16 years and it is still going strong," Kuntz said.
With what Kuntz called the "tremendous" support of the St. Marys area, "wish list" items were purchased for six families, with 50 additional individuals receiving Christmas gifts due to the kindness of local residents.
Demolition of the the former Mullaney building at the corner of Center and North St. Marys streets began on Monday morning, with workers removing bricks and roofing by hand so as not to endanger any adjacent buildings or utilities before moving in with a crane to pull down the north-facing facade.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Sunday, Ken and Toie Neal began the rest of their lives without the Hotel Punxsutawney, which has been a part of their lives since 1973.
â€śToday was the first day (Ken) didn't get up, get a shower and say, 'I'm going to the Hotel;' that was his life,â€ť Toie said Sunday night. â€śWe wonder where the guys will go for lunch. His brother (Gubby) said, 'I told my wife (Candy), she'll have to start packing my lunch.'
In what has become an annual event, wreaths purchased by area residents are being laid on graves of veterans at the St. Maryâ€™s Catholic and Protestant cemeteries to honor their military service throughout the holiday season.
Area residents gathered at a noon ceremony Saturday at St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Cemetery in preparation for the wreath-laying. The St. Marys Servicemenâ€™s Burial Detail posted the colors and the assembly recited the Pledge of Allegiance and observed a moment of silence prior to remarks given by Father Eric Vogt, OSB, who spoke about the purpose of the event.
ST. MARYS - Tractor Supply Co. in St. Marys, known as store #107, was third in the state for collecting the most money through the charitable Paper Clover program, the proceeds of which benefit 4-H. A certificate signed by Donald T. Floyd, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council, was presented to store employees, as well as a ribbon designating its top status in its Region 5 division for the fall 2011 campaign. The store collects money nationally each year to fund 4-H programs and activities.
During Thursday's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors, Superintendent Ann Kearney expressed her opposition to a school voucher bill now before the Pa. House of Representatives and urged taxpayers to contact their representatives and express their disapproval of the legislation, which she said "could bankrupt local school districts."
The former Floyd Howell building, also known as the Demitri building and the Mullaney building because it housed Mullaney's Shoe Store for many years, is scheduled for demolition on Monday.
Located in downtown St. Marys on the corner of N. St. Marys and Center streets, the property was acquired by the city during the Elk County Judicial Sale held on June 9, which allows properties that are behind multiple years on the payment of real estate taxes to be put up for sale to the highest bidder.
RIDGWAY - On Thursday afternoon Edward R. Kralik, 68, of St. Marys, went before Elk County President Judge Richard Masson as part of a Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) hearing. Kralik pleaded guilty in May to third-degree murder in the June 2010 homicide of Clayton Lecker of St. Marys and is currently incarcerated at State Correction Institution (SCI) Smithfield in Huntingdon.
Leanne Nedza, Kralik's attorney, stated the purpose of the hearing is that Kralik "was not afforded effective assistance of council when he made his plea."