September 10th, 2012
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Borough Police Chief Bryan Parana reported on a string of arsons that have recently plagued the area during Monday afternoon's borough council meeting.
"We have had several arsons in the area and we have done, I believe, a very good job," Parana said. "We have questioned several people of interest in those particular offenses and we are working diligently into the conclusion of that investigation."
The Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of Erie, was on hand at Elk County Catholic High School on Monday morning to perform a rededication ceremony for the schoolâ€™s 50th anniversary.
The program began with a special Mass celebrated in the schoolâ€™s auditorium by Bishop Trautman and several other priests from throughout the area. In addition to students from all levels of the Elk County Catholic School System, other attendees included alumni from the schoolâ€™s first graduating class, as well as members of the original faculty and staff.
SHEFFIELD Â â€” After a flat start on Saturday afternoon at Sheffield Area High School, the Elk County Catholic Crusaders used a strong second half to record an 18-0 win over the Wolverines and improve to 2-0 on the season.
While it rained periodically throughout the contest, the weather did not seem to have much of an impact on the game. ECC coach Travis Skrzypek blamed his squadâ€™s first-half struggles on a lack of motivation throughout the week.
â€śWhen you practice flat all week and youâ€™re flat before the game, you normally play flat,â€ť Skrzypek said.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader volleyball team captured the 16th annual Elk County Volleyball Tournament championship on Saturday by defeating St. Marys Area in the championship match.
Elk Catholic defeated St. Marys in two games, 25-13 and 25-15.
The Ridgway Lady Elkers took third place by defeating the Johnsonburg Ramettes by a 30-18 score in the consolation match.
Crusaders win Elk County Soccer Tournament
By Greg Reedy
RIDGWAY â€” The Elk County Catholic Crusaders won the Elk County Soccer Tournament with a 4-0 victory over Redbank Valley Saturday at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
"I think the kids are happy to carry on a tradition," Elk County Catholic coach Adam Bailey said.
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch soccer team improved their record to 2-0 on the season with a 9-1 victory over the Keystone Lady Panthers Saturday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field.
The Lady Dutch jumped out to the early lead as they led 4-0 after the first 10 minutes of play.
Caley Keister scored at the 38:51 mark of the game, giving St. Marys the early 1-0 lead.
Approximately two minutes later, Kaitlyn Barackman gave the Lady Dutch the 2-0 lead at the 36:47 mark.
At the 34:44 mark, Keister scored her second goal as she scored on a direct kick, 3-0.
Robert D. Neal, 70, of 185 Plum Rd., St. Marys, died peacefully early Saturday morning, Sept. 8, 2012 at the home of his daughter surrounded by his family.
He was born March 14, 1942 in Big Run, son of the late Wilbur and Edna Lyle Neal. He attended Big Run schools and had been a resident of St. Marys since 2008. He was a retired electrician.
On June 8, 1963, he married his first wife, Gail Stark Weather, who preceded him in death on March 31, 1973. On Feb. 15, 1975, he married his second wife, Cynthia Duke, who also preceded him in death on April 8, 2012.
George Stephen McClure, 61, of Juniata Street extension, DuBois, died Friday, September 7, 2012 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Brady Township, Clearfield County.
Born on Nov. 7, 1950 in DuBois, he was the son of the late George H. & Charlotte L. (Youman) McClure.
On May 15, 1982, he married Tara (McIntosh) McClure. She survives.
He was the owner of Glass Unlimited in DuBois and St. Marys.
Leander Anthony â€śLeeâ€ť Hoffman, 89, of 107 Beech Rd., St. Marys, PA, passed away September 7, 2012, at home after a brief illness. He was born January 18, 1923, in St. Marys, son of the late Anthony C. and Marie Sporner Hoffman.
On June 26, 1948, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Betty Jane Hoffman who passed away on June 11, 2011, just weeks shy of their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Lee was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Parochial School.
Fifty years ago today, on Monday, Sept. 10, 1962, Elk County Christian High School officially opened its doors to students for the first time, replacing Central Catholic High School.
The newly constructed high school was under the direction of Headmaster Rev. Daniel J. Martin and boasted an enrollment of 725 students and a faculty of 40 teachers.