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June 20th, 2012
Editor's note: This is the final 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.
Local historian Ray Beimel concluded his recent presentation on the history of Erie Avenue by talking about an organization that has been crucial to the preservation of the community's history.
"Erie Avenue happens to be where the St. Marys Historical Society was started," Beimel said.
Zito Media customers continue to experience issues with their cable television service despite the company's latest efforts in upgrading the system.
The issue was raised once again during Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting as Tim Ruffner, director of environmental services at Elk Haven nursing home in St. Marys, voiced his concern about not receiving any feedback or assistance from Zito Media in reference to servicing Elk Haven Nursing Home and the Silver Creek Terrace assisted living facility.
The second annual Autism Awareness Charity Ball, presented by the Dickinson Center, Inc. Autism Program, was held on Friday at The Red Fern Banquet and Conference Center in St. Marys, with proceeds to benefit the center's Autism Program.
The evening included a performance by Jack Garret and the Swingin' Starz, as well as live and silent auctions.
Linda White, Autism Program coordinator, said that 155 tickets were sold for Friday's event, and while the official totals were still being tallied, she estimated the amount raised to be between $16,000 and $18,000.
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."