August 24th, 2014
Helen E, Herr, 90, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 306 Maple St., St. Marys, died on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.
She was born on December 16, 1923, a daughter of the late Ambrose and Elizabeth Fox Kreckle.
On October 7, 1947Â in St. Marys, she married Allen "Acky" Herr, who preceded her in death on November 30, 2011.
Helen was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Central High School, class of 1941.Â She was a member of the St. Mary's Church and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Lorenzo J. "Larry" Cortinovis, 92, of 202 Evers Ave., St. Marys, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 at the DuBois Nursing Home after an illness of the past several months.
He was born May 29, 1922 in Coal Hollow, son of the late John and Jennie Carrara Cortinovis. He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Kersey schools. On April 15, 1950, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Loretta J. Hoffman, who survives.
During a recent City Council work session, a proposal was introduced to create a budget line item for the next three years to set aside a small amount of funds to prepare for St. Marys 175th anniversary in 2017.
According to Councilmen Ned Jacob, who suggested the idea, the funds would be utilized to help with any parade, carnival or festival which may take place.
Councilwoman Sally Geyer voiced her complete opposition to the idea.
"That should be up to the committee that is going to do that not up to council in 2014," Geyer said.
Mary Parziale Bentz, of Washington, D.C. and formerly of Brockway, recently released a book with her husband Richard entitled "We Remember Them: A Biographical Supplement for Fatal Dive."
"We Remember Them" contains biographies of the crew of the World War II submarine the USS Grunion, which sunk near the Japanese-occupied Aleutian Island of Kiska on July 30, 1942.
Though the exact cause of the Grunion's demise remains unknown, it is believed that a confrontation occurred between the Grunion and a Japanese ship.
Gustavo G. â€śGinoâ€ť Scacchitti, 93, 1072 East Eschbach Road, St. Marys, died unexpectedly Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk.
He was born January 22, 1921 in Carapelle Calvisio, Lâ€™Aquila, Italy, son of the late Domenico and Santa DeiPietrantonio Scacchitti. He attended school in Italy and moved to St. Marys in 1939. He was a retired employee of Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1986 after 44 years of service.
The Elk County Commissioners released a statement late Thursday morning in response to reports concerning an investigation into the county's Sheriff's department. The statement was signed by commissioners Jan Kemmer, June Sorg, and Dan Freeburg. It reads:
The Board of County Commissioners of Elk County offers the following responses to quotations appearing in the local newspaper accounts of a pending investigation of the Elk County Sheriff's Department:
As part of its annual legislative tour, Elk County Farm Bureau members discussed several issues of importance impacting the agricultural industry currently being debated by state legislators.
Among the Farm Bureau's top concerns are pension reform, accountability of gas well operators and surface landowners and exemption from state sales tax for timbering operations.
"We work on legislation vital to agriculture, but also to all walks of life in Pa.," said Elk County Farm Bureau Governmental Relations Director Ernie Mattiuz.
As often seems to happen with events held at Memorial Park, the forecast called for rain on Wednesday evening but instead the weather ended up being perfect for the park staff's KanJam for Cancer tournament. Fifteen two-person teams competed in the double-elimination tournament, and a number of other spectators showed up to watch the action.
JAY TWP. â€“ Several Jay Township residents aired concerns over the EQT gas well to be installed near Byrnes Run at Thursday night's regular meeting of the Jay Township Board of Supervisors.
Residents are concerned that EQT, which was granted a permit to drill by DEP, will be drilling too close to the watershed.
MT. JEWETT â€“ "It's a red-letter day in McKean County."
This is the message from Linda Devlin, who joined with state dignitaries Thursday in the ground-breaking ceremony for the long-awaited Visitors Center at the Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett.
Devlin, executive director of the Bradford-based Allegheny National Forest (ANF) Visitors Bureau, has played a major role in building state and local support for the project.