June 4th, 2014
Now that another school years has ended, summer seasons are once again underway at area parks.
Benzinger Park Director John Schneider reported that a number of activities at that location actually began prior to the end of the school year. The park's coed sand volleyball league for adults began on Wednesday, May 28, with the high school coed sand volleyball league and the men's basketball league opening their seasons the following day. The women's basketball league began play on Monday.
SMETHPORT â€“ A jury found a Mt. Jewett man not guilty Wednesday of all five charges linked with the alleged rape of former Mt. Jewett woman.
Paul Ray Swank, 33, of 7 Chestnut St., Mt. Jewett, had tears in his eyes after the verdict was read.
"I'm happy to get my life back and move on," Swank said as he left the McKean County courtroom following a three-day trial.Â
He has a sense of relief because he said the charges have been "hanging over my head" since Nov. 2, 2012. Swank has been free on $100,000 bail.
Freda Alice (Thacher) Shutters, â€śAliceâ€ť to most, died Sunday, June 1, 2014.
She was born on March 20, 1937 to the late Freida and John Thacher in Millstone Township, Elk County, in Pennsylvania.
She graduated from Ridgway High School. Alice wed Alvin Shutters Sr. on Sept. 12, 1959. She worked at Stackpole Corporation for many years, and later for BiLo grocery store.
Marie A. Schaut, 85, of Church Street, St. Marys, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility.
She was born Nov. 26, 1928 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Edward and Amanda (Wolf) Wolfel Sr. On July 31, 1948 in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, she married her high school sweetheart, Paul J. Schaut, who survives.
Grace M. Foster, 90, of 256 JT Lane, Wilcox, formerly of 219 Elk Ave., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday evening, June 3, 2014 at Penn Highlands Elk, St. Marys, following a short illness.
She was born Oct. 4, 1923 in Kane, daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Schenaback Thayer.
On June 11, 1955 in St. Callistus Church, Kane, she married Maurice P. Foster. He preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 1994.
She resided in Johnsonburg since her marriage in 1955 and attended Kane Area High School.
Michelle R. "Missy" Catalone, 47, of 122 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys, died on Monday, June 2, 2014 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey following a lengthy illness.
She was born Oct. 30, 1966, a daughter of Rocco "Rocky" Catalone of Palmyra and Karen Anders Lenze of St. Marys.
Missy was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of SMAHS. She attended St. Agnes Church and had a great love for animals, especially her dog, Bailey. She loved music and her family, and always enjoyed spending time with them.
The downtown St. Marys hotel project took a leap forward on Tuesday as a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the future site of Cobblestone Hotel and Suites, situated on the corner of Fourth and Depot streets.
The $6.5 million project is an endeavor spearheaded by local project developer Todd "Booka" Hanes of Creekside Hospitality which includes partners John Schatz, Mike Faulk and Dean Hanes.
Construction is slated to begin the first week of July with an anticipated opening the first week of January.
RIDGWAY â€“ A Ridgway man is set to go to trial at Elk County Courthouse on Thursday, June 5 on charges of statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault on a person less that 16 years of age.
Charges were filed in September 2013 against Brandon James Ecklund, 23, of 4236 Grant Rd., Ridgway. Police report that on Aug. 20, 2013, the victim's mother came into the Ridgway Borough Police station with her daughter, 14, to report that her daughter had had sex with Ecklund, who was 22 at the time.
RIDGWAY â€“ Elk County residents may soon see some relief in the form of low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) following a disastrous flooding incident that ravaged the area two weeks ago.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch advanced to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA tournament with a 5-4 victory over the Mars Fightin' Planets Monday afternoon at the Brockway Area High School field. Mars was the District 7 runner-up.