February 3rd, 2014
RIDGWAY â€“Â An initiative championed by the Elk County Veterans' Affairs office to reach out to area military members serving outside the continental United States has been a resounding success.
The office started with just three individuals announced in a Dec. 5 article but since then, the list has ballooned to 11.
"The donations have been coming in and we had some collection sites set up," said Leslie Neal, director of Elk County Veterans' Affairs. "The people have been very generous and we haven't even put out the bulk of our collection bins."
While St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery may be the biggest cemetery in St. Marys, it is not the first cemetery to be located in the community.Â
During a recent tour of the cemetery, local historian Ray Beimel explained that the original cemetery in St. Marys was located on the shores of Brewery Run in the area where Elk Towers is today.Â
"That was only used for a few years," Beimel said.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling team captured the District 9 Class AAA team championship Saturday afternoon by defeating the Clearfield Bison by a 51-15 score. The championships were held at the DuBois Area High School.
The St. Marys Area swim teams swept the Brookville squads in a meet held Thursday evening at the SMAHS Natatorium.
The Lady Dutch defeated the Lady Raiders 142-34 while the Dutchmen downed the Raiders 114-42.
The St. Marys Area gymnastics team closed out their regular season with a loss to the visiting Altoona squad on Saturday in a meet held at the St. Marys Area Middle School by a score of 128.8-123.175.
James B. "Mally" Mallison, 84, of 162 S. Paul Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his residence.
He was born June 9, 1929, in St. Marys, son of the late Bernard "Barney" and Florence Geeck Mallison. On Aug. 24, 1957, in the St. Mary's Church, he married Mary R. Reuscher, and she survives.
Marie T. DeGroat, 84, of Grant Road, Ridgway, died Jan. 30, 2014, at Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility.
She was born March 18, 1929, in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Robert DeGroat and Irene Moore.
She was a lifelong Ridgway resident.
She was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and the St. John of God Society. She had been employed at Alltel for 42 years, retiring in 1991.
Wanda M. (Woodring) Biss, 74, of Loop Road, Marion Center, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at the Hillsdale Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
Wanda was born Dec. 12, 1939 in St. Marys, daughter of Rexford Jessie Woodring and Nila (Beldin) Woodring Smith, both of whom preceded her in death.
She attended Benezette School and was a member of the United Free Methodist Church of Marion Center. She worked at Inter Electric Company of Warren. She enjoyed fishing and gardening.
When entering St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery though the entrance nearest the chapel, one of the first graves one sees belongs to a Smith.Â
"I can't quite explain that," said local historian Ray Beimel, remarking on the irony given the strong German history of the community.Â
Beimel provided attendees on a tour of the facility with several interesting facts related to the cemetery in addition to pointing out the Smith grave.Â
One of the first things he explained was why a number of the graves throughout the cemetery are in disrepair.Â
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” This morning, I looked down and noticed something â€” I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often â€” at least not in these parts â€” that I actually need one.
We're a pretty small town, and most places my reporters or I go, we're familiar faces who don't need a specific credential to show it. But today? Well, today is different.