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June 15th, 2012
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.
In the remote mountains and rainforests of Copan, Honduras, a region both renowned for its Mayan ruins and crippled by third-world poverty, an area doctor has established a presence in hopes of providing medical care to those in need.
With the summer season under way at area parks, the staff at Memorial Park in St. Marys have a variety of new programs and returning favorites planned for the coming months.
Jason Schreiber, who took over as park director, replacing Denny Posteraro, has 20 students under his supervision this summer. Schreiber's former role has been taken over by John Benjamin, who will assist with the management of Memorial, as well as Luhr, Kaulmont, and Diamond Street parks throughout the summer.
According to local historian Ray Beimel, "Erie Avenue is the closest thing we ever had to a Main Street in St. Marys, and a popular business along main streets was the barbershop."
Beimel discussed past barbershops that were located along Erie Avenue during a recent presentation on the area at the St. Marys Senior Center.
One long-time barber was Frank Geeck, whose shop was located at 23 Erie Ave. During his presentation, Beimel displayed a photo taken in Geeck's shop in January 1921.
When the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors voted to approve the 2012-2013 general fund budget at Monday's meeting, it also approved expenditures involving the district's Retirement Reserve Fund and a three-year technology replacement plan.
The board voted to approve the Retirement Reserve Fund budget with expenditures in the amount of $415,810.
ST. MARYS - As part of their biennial recertification, lifeguards at the St. Marys Community Pool at Memorial Park exercised a number of rescue skills needed in various rescue scenarios during an inservice day held on Sunday.
According to pool manager Greg Snelick, nearly 400 people had visited the pool throughout the day on Sunday. Snelick said that the goal of the inservice days and recertification process is ensuring the public's safety through making sure those on guard are prepared for any number of emergency situations that may arise.
While Elk County Catholic High School students and their faculty advisors are working to put the finishing touches on the school's 2011-2012 yearbook, they know that they have some high standards to meet as the 2010-2011 edition was featured in Josten's 2012 "Gotcha Covered Look Book."
"We were the only school in Pennsylvania that was selected," said ECC yearbook advisor Laura Anderson. "There were over 3,000 schools that were involved and only 400 were chosen."