April 24th, 2015
St. Marys author John Schlimm recounts the poignant conversations he shared over a five-year period with Sister Augustine in his new memoir "Five Years in Heaven - The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Lifeâ€™s Greatest Questions."
The heartfelt story tells of second chances as a 31-year-old man lost and alone at a crucial crossroads in his life finds heaven on earth within the confines of St. Joseph Monastery where he meets an 87-year-old wise and humble artist at the convent's ceramic shop.
Despite the unseasonably snowy weather, fifth grade students from St. Marys Catholic Elementary School gathered at Benzinger Park for the city's annual Tree City USA ceremony.
David and Tom Grotzinger of West Creek Nursery showed how to plant a tree as students pitched in the process by taking turns shoveling mulch around the tree then compacting it around the tree's base.
This year's tree of choice was a purple prince flowering crab tree and planted in the grassy area behind the parking lot.
DDCC of April School of Dance ended their regional competition tour at Encore DCS in Johnstown from March 27-29. The company, directed and choreographed by Jennifer and Chelle Blankenship of Kane with dancers from all over Elk County had a successful weekend competing in the competitive level of competition.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders softball team remained undefeated on the season with a 5-1 victory over the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch Friday afternoon at the SMAHS softball field.
Elk Catholic is now 5-0 on the season while the Lady Dutch slipped to 4-2.
The St. Marys Area and Elk County Catholic baseball teams faced off for the first time this season on Friday afternoon with the Crusaders dealing the Dutchmen a 17-4 defeat in five innings during a cool and windy game played at Berwind Park.
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KERSEY â€“ On Thursday evening, multiple Elk County businesses, an event and a nature landmark were recognized during the Pennsylvania Wilds Annual Dinner and Awards Banquet.
They are among a small group of business owners, citizens and organizations from across the 12.5 county Pennsylvania Wilds region who were acknowledged for their contributions in sustainable tourism development.
RIDGWAY â€“ An important change in VA health care may open the door for more veterans to apply for enrollment.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently collects income and net worth (asset) information from veterans who apply for enrollment in VA health care to determine eligibility and/or copay responsibility.
To align VA's health care program with other federal health care programs' financial assessment requirements, earlier this year the VA discontinued the collection of veterans' net worth information for purposes of financial assessment for health benefits.
Students in the AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Human Anatomy and Physiology classes at Elk County Catholic High School recently had the opportunity to take part in the pilot test of a lab created by Science Take-Out of Pittsford, N.Y. ECC was one of 32 schools selected to participate in the pilot test out of around 700 applicants.
According to Laura Anderson, Science Department Chairperson and the instructor for all three courses, the school found out they were selected in early December and received the material required for the lab at the end of February.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch tennis team lost another close match, this time to the Bradford Owls by a 5-4 score Wednesday afternoon at the SMAHS courts.