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February 4th, 2014
The Stackpole family plot is located in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery to the right of the Lynch Road entrance. It was here that local historian Ray Beimel began his recent tour of the cemetery.Â
"There are family plots in which a number of the same family are all buried together, and then there are individual burial plots," Beimel explained. "This one is a family plot and one of the most important people in St. Marys history is buried here."Â
This past Saturday evening, members of Cub Pack 180 in Weedville gathered at American Legion Post 978 for their annual dinner, and in conjunction with that event they honored Weedville resident Janet Beck, who has been involved with Boy Scouts of America for 40 years.
"This was a total surprise to me," Beck said. "Our district executive Irv Gable was there to say such kind words about my dedication to the Boy Scouts of America and also of course Cub Pack 180, which is also part of the Bucktail Council."
The Elk County Council on the Arts, better known as ECCOTA, is kicking off its 30th anniversary with their upcoming Annual Gala, set for Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway complete with a Dueling Piano show, a dueling artist event, prize drawing, new dessert auction and an award presentation.
"They are a blast. They're very entertaining and fun," Abbi Peters, ECCOTA executive director said of the returning piano tandem. "We will be doing other activities at the gala as this is our largest fundraiser of the year."
RIDGWAY â€“ With the support of a $150,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Discovered in PA, Developed in PA grant program (D2PA), the Community Education Council (CEC) has partnered up with the region's chambers of commerce, the North Central Workforce Investment Board, and local schools and employers.
RIDGWAY â€“ The Elk County Courthouse will have a single point of entry starting March 1.
The commissioners reported on Tuesday that the only entrance available for use, which also is handicap-accessible, will be the courthouse behind the building and in front of the Elk County Prison.
ST. MARYS â€“Â The Elk County Community Recycling Center, located in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys, is currently seeking bids for new flooring within the recycling center. Quotes have been collected to do the repairs with the latest quote figuring $11,900 from Bill Kinkead, a contractor operating out of Ridgway. However, Elk County Solid Waste Authority officials are hopeful members of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission will be able to help offset a portion of the costs.
RIDGWAY â€“Â An initiative championed by the Elk County Veterans' Affairs office to reach out to area military members serving outside the continental United States has been a resounding success.
The office started with just three individuals announced in a Dec. 5 article but since then, the list has ballooned to 11.
"The donations have been coming in and we had some collection sites set up," said Leslie Neal, director of Elk County Veterans' Affairs. "The people have been very generous and we haven't even put out the bulk of our collection bins."
While St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery may be the biggest cemetery in St. Marys, it is not the first cemetery to be located in the community.Â
During a recent tour of the cemetery, local historian Ray Beimel explained that the original cemetery in St. Marys was located on the shores of Brewery Run in the area where Elk Towers is today.Â
"That was only used for a few years," Beimel said.
When entering St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery though the entrance nearest the chapel, one of the first graves one sees belongs to a Smith.Â
"I can't quite explain that," said local historian Ray Beimel, remarking on the irony given the strong German history of the community.Â
Beimel provided attendees on a tour of the facility with several interesting facts related to the cemetery in addition to pointing out the Smith grave.Â
One of the first things he explained was why a number of the graves throughout the cemetery are in disrepair.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This morning, I looked down and noticed something â€” I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often â€” at least not in these parts â€” that I actually need one.
We're a pretty small town, and most places my reporters or I go, we're familiar faces who don't need a specific credential to show it. But today? Well, today is different.