November 10th, 2011
Representatives from Elexco Land Services and EQT Production spoke before the St. Marys Area School District board at Thursday's workshop meeting regarding Elexco's plans to conduct seismic testing on 14.12 acres of school district property encompassing and including the site of the Bennetts Valley Elementary School.
Another piece of the puzzle is finally in place in the Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS), following an appointment by Bishop Donald Trautman.
Fr. Jim Faluszczak was named the Vice President for Catholic Mission for ECCSS on Wednesday afternoon during a brief meeting held at the Elk County Catholic High School chapel for faculty and staff members of St. Marys Catholic Elementary School, St. Marys Catholic Middle School, and Elk County Catholic High School.
Major Chris Casey of the U.S. Air Force and an English teacher at St. Marys Area Middle School, spoke to students, fellow teachers and staff on Thursday afternoon as the keynote speaker of the school district's annual Veterans Day Assembly program.
"I recently spoke to the eighth graders about community and how important it is to take care of each other and never give up," Casey said. "Community helped shape me."
St. Marys Area High School hosted their annual Veterans Day Assembly program on Thursday afternoon, during which several local veterans were acknowledged for their military service to our country.
The program began with student Scott Barber, who acted as emcee for the event, welcoming all in attendance. The SMAHS Concert Band, under the direction of Chris Gankosky, performed a piece entitled "Regimental Honor." Next, SMAHS Principal Josh Williams offered a brief introduction about the program.
"I encourage all of you students to reach out to a veteran tomorrow," Williams said.
Jesse P. DeVittorio, 84, of 11 South Broad St., Ridgway, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at his residence.
He was born May 23, 1927, in Ridgway, the son of the late Dominic and Josephine Monago DeVittorio.
Mr. DeVittorio was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and the Ridgway Knights of Columbus. He was a graduate of St. Leo's High School and he was a regular at Joeyâ€™s Bakery Breakfast Club.
The St. Marys Area Fall Sports Awards Program was held Wednesday evening at the school. The evening started with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards portion of the evening in Carpin Auditorium.
Elk County Catholic High School held its annual Fall Athletic Awards program on Wednesday evening in the high school auditorium to honor the school's numerous fall sports athletes.
According to Athletic Director Aaron Straub, 189 of the 272 students in grades 9-12 at ECC participated in a fall sport this year. Along with this, there were also numerous 7th and 8th grade students from the St. Marys Catholic Middle School who also contributed to the success of the school's sports teams this fall.
Downtown St. Marys will once again be abuzz the evening of Friday, Nov. 18 during the annual Light Up Night festivities, sponsored by the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.
The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Diamond with the South St. Marys Street Elementary School Choir performing. The lights are scheduled to be switched on at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the arrival of Santa Claus, who will be arriving via a different method than in past years.
Members of the American Legion, Post 103 in St. Marys presented volunteers from the St. Marys Christian Food Bank with an annual donation on Wednesday.
The $2,000 check was delivered courtesy of American Legion representatives, Adjutant Jim Distler, Commander Dick Parson, and Chaplain Vic Straub.
Parson said the donation is in recognition of and appreciation for all that the food bank and its volunteers do for the community.
"It's a good thing these women do, volunteer their time. They help a lot of people," Parson said.
Kenneth W. Parks, 97, of 706 Market St., Johnsonburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.
He was born September 1, 1914 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Norman and Anna Mabel Pond Parks.
He married Madeline Mannella on October 5, 1947 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg. She survives.
He resided in Johnsonburg his entire life and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1933.