November 6th, 2013
The Fox Township Supervisors began their Wednesday evening meeting by observing a moment of silence for Blaine E. "Skeeter" Wildnauer Jr., a Fox Twp. volunteer firefighter who died in the line of duty on Saturday.
In a fitting tribute honoring fallen firefighter Blaine E. "Skeeter" Wildnauer, Jr., of Kersey, a solemn procession was held Wednesday morning which included dozens of fire departments from four counties.
Wildnauer, 58, died Saturday morning in the line of duty while responding to a traffic crash on the Old Kersey Road. A lifelong resident of the area, Wildnauer dedicated 40 years of service to the Fox Township Volunteer Fire Department.
The St. Marys Area High School held its fall sports awards program Tuesday night in Carpin Auditorium. Those student/athletes participating in girls' tennis, volleyball, boys' and girls' cross country, boys' and girls' soccer and golf were recognized.
QUEHANNA â€“Â The 86 individuals drawn for elk licenses in this year's drawing represented only a small fraction of the 22,331 hunters who applied. Additionally, many of those individuals had been applying for years and had accrued a number of preference points, resulting in 116,734 entries being in this year's drawing.
Given those numbers the odds of a first-time applicant being selected, much less for one of the 26 available bull tags, seemed to be slim, but that is exactly what happened for Catawissa resident William Gifford.
Joseph Castellani, 94, of Caledonia, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 25, 1919 in Weedville, son of the late Luigi and Rosa (Aloisi) Castellani.
He married Anna (Veges)) on May 8, 1954 and lived all his life in Bennettâ€™s Valley
Joseph was a carpenter in Bennettâ€™s Valley for many years. He served as staff sergeant with the Army Air Corps during WWII.
Michael Paul Jundzilo, 30, of Culbertson, Mont., formerly of 224 Maplewood Ln., Johnsonburg died Friday evening, Nov. 1, 2013 as the result of an automobile accident between Sidney and Culbertson, Mont.
He was born on May 28, 1983 in St. Marys, son of Gary M. and Diane Northrop Jundzilo, who survive.
He resided in Montana for the past year and lived most of his life in Johnsonburg.
He was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School in 2001. He was employed at Excel Industries, in Montana.
Michael was involved in Cub Scouts, Pack 82 and loved hunting and fishing.
St. Marys has a new mayor and a tight race in Fox Township ended with a six-vote margin at the conclusion of the Tuesday election.
Bob Howard, who was once the mayor of Ridgway, was successful Tuesday in his campaign for mayor of St. Marys. He earned 1,460 votes, good enough to top Lyle H. Garner who had 1,083 votes.
St. Marys' newest full-service salon, MJ Studios, recently opened its doors offering a myriad of services including hair cuts and color, pedicures, manicures, acrylic nails, gel polish, facials and waxing.
Salon co-owners Matthew Lawson and Kelly Dauberman operate the salon, which is located at 414 S. St. Marys St., next to South St. Marys Street Elementary School.
"I had worked so hard, I was ready to branch out on my own," Lawson said. "I felt like it was time."
QUEHANNA â€“Â When Randy Caldwell's friends first called him to tell him he had been drawn for a bull elk license in this year's weeklong elk hunt he thought they were playing a practical joke on him.
The Export native recalled that he was in disbelief at first after friends told him they saw in the paper that his name had been drawn.
"But when I got about 17 calls that day I figured they must have been right," he said. "It took me a week and a half to get the official word from the game commission."
Legislative action regarding Creekside Investments, LLC, the project developer for the proposed downtown St. Marys hotel, was tabled during Monday evenings St. Marys City Council meeting.
As discussed at a previous meeting the project consists of a 65-room national flag hotel as proposed by developer Todd "Booka" Hanes of St. Marys.