April 19th, 2011
A ribbon-cutting was recently held for St. Marys' newest business, E-Z Rolling, which offers a variety of custom-blend, chemical-free cigarettes at lower prices than commercial brands.
The new store opened on April 4 and is located at 45 Erie Ave., site of the former Kriegisch Martial Arts studio.
Elk County officials discussed the local government's advanced knowledge of Marcellus Shale development and unveiled detailed maps Tuesday morning to better educate the taxpayers.
According to Jim Abbey, director of the county's information technology/geospatial information systems [IT/GIS] department, officials have recently undertaken the task of plotting all well site activity within the county.
"The county website right now has a map with all the permitted well sites within the county," Abbey said. "These maps are now being made at the municipal level now."
St. Marys Mayor Sally Geyer signed a proclamation on Monday evening honoring the Penn-Elk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of its chartering.
As she read the proclamation, Geyer stated that the Penn-Elk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was organized on April 17, 1920 and chartered on April 17, 1921.
John Max Pennington, 42, of 139 Julia St., Johnsonburg, died Monday night, April 18, 2011 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 20, 1969 in Ridgway, son of MaryAnn Pavlock Pennington and James E. Pennington, who survive.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1990. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church and Central Hose Co. He was also an Eagle Scout. He loved hunting and fishing and had a special way with people and loved animals. He was employed by ELCAM in St. Marys for the past 21 years.
Robert J. Yonker, 53, of 231 High Ave., Ridgway, died Saturday, April 16, 2011, at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a brief illness.
He was born August 12, 1957, in Ridgway, son of Darrell H. and Lois M. (Kelley) Yonker, who survive.
He had resided in Ridgway all of his life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was an Eagle Scout with Troop 93, earned a black belt in karate, was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and loved his music. He was a 1975 graduate of Ridgway High School. He had been employed by Elk County General Hospital, Keystone Carbon and Carbone of America.
Tom Farley is not in violation of the Home Rule Charter and is eligible to run for another term on St. Marys City Council since, if elected, there will be a two-year gap between when he last served and when he rejoins the board. This opinion was presented to members of council in the form of a letter from Attorney Tom Wagner on Monday evening.
The St. Marys Public Library recently upgraded computer equipment inside its Children's Library, which was funded by a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The grant will also provide funding for acoustic improvements for the library's large meeting room.
Linda Hoffman, owner of McDonald's of St. Marys, was on hand Monday afternoon to present a check to Scarlette Corbin, library director, and Vicki Miller, children's services director.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch tennis team improved their record to 3-1 on the season with a 9-0 victory over the DuBois Central Cardinals Monday afternoon at the SMAHS courts.
At singles, Dutchman Nathan Hansen won his match 6-0, 6-2 over David Gangeware.
At second singles, Brandon Romain of the Dutch defeated Kevin Blakely 6-2, 6-0.
Keith Meyer of the Dutch defeated Jake Peek 6-0, 6-2 at third singles.
At fourth singles, Dylan Wiesner won his match easily over Jake Aravich 6-0, 6-0.
Thomas Murmann of SMA defeated Elliot LaParke 6-2, 6-0 at fifth singles.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders pounded out 13 hits on their way to a 15-5, five-inning victory over the visiting Curwensville Golden Tide at Berwind Park on Monday afternoon. The Crusaders used two pitchers in the five-inning game. Starter Joe Childs set the tone for the Crusaders as he limited the Golden Tide to just three hits and one run in his three innings of work. Pat Brennen came on to pitch the final two innings, giving up four hits and four runs.
Joining the St. Marys Area Ambulance Service benefits individuals by reducing the amount they have to pay in the event of an emergency; however, the membership funds are also crucial to the ambulance service because they allow for the purchase of new equipment.
According to St. Marys Area Ambulance Service Manager Bert Sorg, all of the service's equipment is purchased with membership funds and it is important for items to continually be updated in order to provide the best service to area residents.