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June 23rd, 2014

Man charged with threatening DA

June 23, 2014

A Brookville man is charged with felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility and "threats and other improper influence in official and political matters" for allegedly contacting Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon by telephone and making homicidal threats.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Christopher Raymond Thomas, 41, of Brookville was upset about an arson conviction from January 2009. He made several calls and left messages on the office phone of the Elk County District Attorney's office on June 17.

Chamber nears its fireworks funding goal

June 23, 2014

The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce is closing in on their $18,000 firework fundraising goal. To date they have $4,000 yet to raise before the July 3 St. Marys Independence Day Celebration.
"We're having a great year for fundraising. The community's been very supportive," said Ashley O'Dell, Chamber outreach coordinator.
O'Dell emphasized the Chamber is happily accepting any amount of donations from individuals, family, businesses and industry. Those donations may be dropped off at the Chamber office, mailed in or picked up by O'Dell.

Former St. Marys teacher to be honored at Art in the Wilds

June 23, 2014

The 2014 Art in the Wilds (AIW) Committee is honoring one of its own for his distinguished art career and a lifetime of achievement as a master potter, art teacher and advocate for artists of the visual arts.
This Saturday, June 28 at the eighth annual AIW fine arts show in Evergreen Park in Kane, the AIW Committee will recognize and celebrate John Bloomquist’s career as an artist and art teacher, and, one who has had an incalculable impact on art and artists in our region and beyond.

Thomas L. Pauline

June 23, 2014

Thomas L. Pauline, 71, of 98 Mark Lane, Kersey, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 22, 2014 at the UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Oct. 17, 1942 in St. Marys, son of the late Leon and Marie McDaniels Pauline. On May 13, 1967, in the St. Joseph's Church in Force, he married Pamela M. Benigni, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1961. He was a retired employee of SGL, retiring in 2011 after 40 years of service.

Margaret N. Azzato

June 23, 2014

Margaret N. Azzato, 89, of Weedville, died Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys.
She was born June 25, 1924, in Weedville, the daughter of the late John and Louise (Crocco) Azzato.
She was a graduate of Weedville High School. She worked 45 years at Stackpole Carbon and was also a poll worker during the primary and general elections in Weedville.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Force and the American Legion Auxiliary in Weedville.
She is survived by one sister, Mary Azzato; one brother, Frank Azzato of Weedville; and several nieces and nephews.

June 22nd

Wilcox Legion edges Fox 4-3 on MacDonald walk-off single

June 22, 2014

Locked in a tight game Sunday night, the Wilcox American Legion baseball team loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth inning but came up empty while facing a one-run deficit against Fox Township.
Ben MacDonald wouldn't let his team make the same mistake twice.
With the bases loaded with two outs in the home half of the seventh, MacDonald smacked a Caleb Bennett offering into left center field to score pinch runner Jacob Zimmerman and Cole Peterson for the 4-3 walk-off come-from-behind win over Fox Township.

Youth hockey league seeking participants

June 22, 2014

Just after 10 a.m. on Friday morning, the tennis courts at Benzinger Park came alive with the sounds of rollerblades racing up and down the surface, sticks hitting against each other as players fought for the ball, and that ball bouncing off the post of one of the nets as a player took a shot on goal. The excitement was all part of Benzinger Park's youth hockey league, which is a new activity at the facility this year.

New demolition project addresses blighted structures

June 22, 2014

The city approved funding for a new demolition project of two blighted structures, a house at 213 N. Michael St. and the Grange building at 219 N. Michael St.
Funding for the project, in the amount of $9,500, is being utilized from the city's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is federal grant funding.
Ann Bolden, owner of Bold Looks and Bolden Apartments, has purchased the structures situated next to her business with plans to demolish them leaving one site vacant which she plans to utilize as parking and constructing a duplex on the other lot.

Large turnout for Smoke on the Mountain

June 22, 2014

KERSEY – A large crowd came out to support the Smoke on the Mountain BBQ cook-off held over the weekend at the Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department in Kersey.
The cook-off began at 11 a.m. and Saturday afternoon featured a talent show featuring local youth.
In the 16-and-over age group, Jake Burns took first place.
In the 10-15-year-old age group, Lexi Catalone took first place, Jacob Mosier took second place, and Abby Mosier and Lainee Swanson tied for third place.

Crash on Bucktail Road

June 22, 2014

Members of Crystal Fire Department, St. Marys Ambulance, St. Marys Police and fire police responded Sunday evening to a one-vehicle crash on Bucktail Road. Unconfirmed reports indicate a vehicle was traveling westbound toward St. Marys before reportedly running off the roadway and into a ditch. The call came in shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday. The accident happened near Vollmer Road.

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