June 21st, 2012
Summer is officially under way in St. Marys, and high temperatures have been drawing crowds to the St. Marys Community Pool throughout the week.
According to Greg Snelick, pool manager, by 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon 400 people had come through the doors. The pool opens at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"In comparison, yesterday (Wednesday), we had close to 700 people come through [total], but in the first hour and a half, at 2:30 p.m., we had 380 people, which is quite a big number," Snelick said.
Snelick added that on Tuesday, there were also 400 people at the pool by 2 p.m.
What began as a dream seven years ago has turned into the biggest summer tourist attraction in Kane.
The sixth annual Art in the Wilds Juried Fine Arts Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at Evergreen Park. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Admission and parking are free.
Between 4,000 and 5,000 visitors are expected during the two-day show, according to founder and director Marilyn Blackmore.
Summer usually signifies lots of picnics, parties and other outdoor events, with most featuring all kinds of delicious food and drinks. To ensure that partygoers will enjoy the feast safely, there are a few important steps people should take when shopping for, preparing, storing and serving their summer dishes.
Rick Kralj, food safety and quality extension educator with Penn State Extension's Brookville office, offered some key pieces of advice for food safety in the summertime:
1. Avoid "time-temperature abuse."
Benedict A. DePrater, 86, of 214 Taft Rd., St. Marys, died at his home on Thursday, June 21, 2012, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 16, 1925 in Riceville Corners, Pa., a son of the late Edward and Rosa Frey DePrater. On May 4, 1946 in St. Mary's Church, he married Phyllis Auman DePrater, who survives.
Theodore "Ted" Gapinski, 77, of 9510 Rocksprings St., San Antonio, Texas, died on Friday, June 15, 2012 at home following a brief illness.
Born on Aug. 7, 1934 in Johnsonburg, he was the son of the late John "Kicker" and Elizabeth "Bee" Gillen Gapinski.
On Oct. 29, 1960, he married Anne Guido, who survives.
Charles D. â€śBudâ€ť Wagner, 71, of 421 Washington St., St. Marys, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born May 7, 1941 in St. Marys, son of the late George and Marcella Hanes Wagner. On April 20, 1963 in the St. Boniface Church, he married Elizabeth J. â€śBettyâ€ť Grosser, who survives.
Mr. Wagner was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1959. He was a retired employee of Keystone Carbon Company, retiring in 2003 after 44 years of service.
In a 4-3 vote, members of St. Marys City Council opposed publishing a revised version of the city's engine brake ordinance.
Earlier this month, council opposed the publication of a previous ordinance on the subject, during which time they voted to revise the ordinance by establishing that engine brakes could not be utilized on roads designated with a 35-mile-per-hour speed limit or less.
JOHNSONBURG - The preliminary hearing in the case against Nancy Jean Bodien, 36, of Ridgway, charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, a felony of the third degree, was held Wednesday in Magisterial District Court in Johnsonburg, with Judge George "Tony" King presiding.
The charges against Bodien stem from her alleged failure to pay for services rendered in the restoration of her home following an Aug. 17, 2011 fire at the 45 Freemont Ave., Ridgway residence.
While local officials are trying not to cause a panic with Ridgway residents, the fact remains the same: with two unexplained fires less than three weeks apart being deemed arson cases, the unease has set in.
"The two that we've had in three weeks, we have an issue," said Ridgway fire chief John Wygant. "I don't want to elaborate on it because I don't want to create a problem in the community, and I don't want to cause a panic or have people running, buying guns and shooting people. We can't have that.
When Dave Herbstritt and Katie Cavalline began their jobs as park staff at Memorial Park this summer, they did so knowing that this would be their final summer working at the park. Because of this, Herbstritt, who is in his fifth summer as a park worker, and Cavalline, who is in her fourth, both wanted to do something special as a "senior project." Instead of trying to coordinate a new event or activity, the duo decided to team up and implement a summer-long collection to raise money to benefit breast cancer awareness through the American Cancer Society.