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June 20th, 2012
JOHNSONBURG - The preliminary hearing in the case against Nancy Jean Bodien, 36, of Ridgway, charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, a felony of the third degree, was held Wednesday in Magisterial District Court in Johnsonburg, with Judge George "Tony" King presiding.
The charges against Bodien stem from her alleged failure to pay for services rendered in the restoration of her home following an Aug. 17, 2011 fire at the 45 Freemont Ave., Ridgway residence.
While local officials are trying not to cause a panic with Ridgway residents, the fact remains the same: with two unexplained fires less than three weeks apart being deemed arson cases, the unease has set in.
"The two that we've had in three weeks, we have an issue," said Ridgway fire chief John Wygant. "I don't want to elaborate on it because I don't want to create a problem in the community, and I don't want to cause a panic or have people running, buying guns and shooting people. We can't have that.
When Dave Herbstritt and Katie Cavalline began their jobs as park staff at Memorial Park this summer, they did so knowing that this would be their final summer working at the park. Because of this, Herbstritt, who is in his fifth summer as a park worker, and Cavalline, who is in her fourth, both wanted to do something special as a "senior project." Instead of trying to coordinate a new event or activity, the duo decided to team up and implement a summer-long collection to raise money to benefit breast cancer awareness through the American Cancer Society.
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."