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February 3rd, 2014
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.
A Ridgway logger was injured Friday in a work-related accident in the Allegheny National Forest near Kane.
Tim Holt, chief of the Kane Volunteer Fire Department, identified the victim as Tom Luchs. He is listed as the president of TMJ Logging of 25 Morgan Ave., Ridgway.
Luchs suffered a "severe leg injury," according to Mike Volpe, a Kane Emergycare ambulance paramedic.
While it is not the only cemetery in St. Marys, St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery is the oldest and perhaps the most historically significant. St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery was founded in 1862 and is the final resting place for many of those who played a role in the community throughout its history.Â
Opera singer and Ridgway native Renee Fleming will be singing the national anthem at this yearâ€™s Super Bowl Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium. Fleming, now 54, spent her elementary school years in Ridgway before relocating to Rochester, N.Y.
Fleming is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Fleming, both music majors who graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Officials on Thursday confirmed the death of a St. Marys Mersen USA employee after an industrial explosion in the morning.
Noah Nichelson, St. Marys Mersen USA general manager, said in a statement to WJAC that one employee was killed and two were injured following â€śan equipment related accidentâ€ť at the plant.
A receptionist at the plant earlier in the day said there would be no comment regarding the accident.
The decision to close or modify the school day due to inclement weather is not one made lightly as emphasized by St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney.
In addressing the district's response to recent severe winter weather, Kearney referenced its
emergency closing procedures which may be viewed on the front page of the district website at www.smasd.org.
KANE â€“ Skipping school has serious consequences in Kane.
Both the school administration and Kane District Court Judge Dave Engman are taking a tough stance on truancy.
"Students cannot learn if they are not present in school," Dr. Maryann Anderson, school district superintendent, said. She pointed out that the school district is required to enforce the state compulsory attendance law.