March 10th, 2014
Helen J. Mattivi, 82, of 206 Dagus Mines Rd., Dagus Mines, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.
She was born April 19, 1931 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Edward J. and Beatrice Cuneo Sheeley. On Sept. 2, 1950 in the St. Boniface Church, she married Renaldo G. Mattivi, who preceded her in death on May 24, 2008.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Kersey High School, class of 1949. She was a former employee of Pure Carbon Co., the Big G Sports & Furniture Store, and served as Fox Township tax collector for many years.
Billy P. Felton, 48, of St. Marys, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at the Schuylkill Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 13, 1965 in St. Marys, son of William Felton and the late Monica Felton.
Billy is survived by three sisters, Cynthia McAndrew-Voss, Christine Nesbitt (James), and Carolyn Trimble, all of St. Marys; one brother, Barney Felton of South Carolina; four nephews, Mike McAndrew, Casey Voss, and Cory and Josh Nesbitt; and one niece, Monika McAndrew.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Thomas McAndrew and Jack Voss.
In a 5-3 vote the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors voted to approve the Intermediate Unit Nine's (IU9) budget. Next year SMASD will contribute $162,688 to the IU9 budget which is an increase of $16,731 from the 2014-15 budget. This amount is determined by a formula established by the Pa. Department of Education (PDE).
"We were hoping for possibly a different calculation as to how it's determined that we pay our share because St. Marys consistently pays the lion's share of that budget and we just don't think that's fair," said Bob Luchini, SMASD school board president.
Police and an ambulance crew were on scene at an accident that occurred Monday afternoon at the intersection of South St. Marys Street and Mill Street in the midst of road construction.
Carol M. Hnath, 68, of 380 Berwind St., St. Marys, died on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at her home following a lengthy illness.
She was born on April 24, 1945 in St. Marys, daughter of the late John and Alice Wickett Caskey.
Carol was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Central High School, class of 1963. She was a member of Queen of the World Church and retired from Sylvania after many years of service. She enjoyed shopping, her dog, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Anthony J. (Butch) Asti, 73, of 11 East Cardott St., Ridgway, died Friday morning, March 7, 2014 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Jan. 14, 1941 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Tony and Mildred (Aiello) Asti. He married Sandra L. Mecca on July 22, 1961; she survives. He had resided in Ridgway since 1961 and was a former Johnsonburg resident. He was a graduate of the Johnsonburg High School. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Ridgway.
A light dusting Saturday night extended a winter season that already featured sub-zero temperatures and significant snowfall throughout the area.
After relatively normal numbers from October to December, the area received roughly 22 inches of snowfall in January, exceeding an average which is reportedly around 19 inches within the past 30 years, according to weatherdb.com.
The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual dinner, "A Night with the Stars," on Saturday, April 5 at The Highlands (formerly the St. Marys Country Club).
The Chamber has been holding their annual dinners for over 25 years, and according to Ashley O'Dell, St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce Outreach Coordinator, this year's event will feature a red carpet theme with paparazzi taking attendees' photographs as they arrive. There is no dress code for the event though, O'Dell stressed.
Latin may be referred to by some as a "dead language," but that is not the case at Elk County Catholic High School.
After a hiatus of several years, the school once again began offering Latin courses a few years ago under the direction of Janet VanEerden. VanEerden currently teaches Latin II, while Fr. Ross Miceli, ECCHS Campus Minister, teaches Latin I.
"We have 22 kids in Latin I, so it's a pretty big class," Miceli said.
Olga D. Simbeck, 96, of Apple Street, Weedville, died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born Feb. 19, 1918 in Caledonia, daughter of Angelo and Giovanna (Trojan) Dezanet. On Nov. 4, 1961, she married John "Jack" Simbeck, who survives.
She lived all her life in Bennetts Valley. She was a member of St. Joseph Church of Force and Bennetts Valley American Legion Auxiliary. She retired from Sylvania in Emporium and St. Marys after 44 years of service.