April 6th, 2011
Earlier this week, members of St. Marys City Council voted to authorize members of the city's staff to conduct a study looking into the possibility of using brine instead of limestone for anti-skid control during the winter months. The idea was initially proposed by city councilman Bob Roberts, who immediately clarified for council members and attendees what he meant by brine.
Only weeks removed from a March 23 tornado that destroyed 30 homes in western Pennsylvania, Michael A. McAllister, director of Elk County's emergency management office, reminded local residents that a natural disaster can occur anywhere.
"One of the best things that I can advise people is that parents should talk to their kids about what to do during a tornado," McAllister said. "Every spring, we do a statewide weather exercise which is usually based on flooding and tornadoes.
St. Marys Area senior guard Kayla Hoohuli was selected at the Class AAA Player of the Year by the sports writers from across Pennsylvania.
Kayla was a first-team pick last year as a junior. She finished as the third leading-scorer ever in District 9 with 2,604 points by averaging 28.4 points per game this season.
Hoohuli has signed with Canisius College. She netted more than 26 points per game in her career.
The world's largest and fastest-growing nonprofit economic education program, Junior Achievement (JA) of Elk and Cameron counties is seeking volunteers from throughout the area to serve on the organization's Board of Directors or as classroom volunteers.
JA provides students in grades K-12 with programs that are age-appropriate. Elementary students learn about their roles as individuals, workers and consumers while middle and high school students learn about key economic, ethical and workforce issues that they will face as working members of society.
Members of city council approved a resolution, three bids, and a request from the In-Town Gardeners during their meeting on Monday evening.
Council members first addressed Resolution 11-7 regarding an allocation of liquid fuel funds from the county.
City Manager Dave Greene explained that the Elk County Commissioners recently approved a disbursement of liquid fuel funds to the city in the amount of $13,000.
"The city will use the liquid fuel funding to reimburse the General Fund for the purchase of 1B limestone," Greene said.
This week marks Community Banking Week at the city's three Northwest Savings Bank locations. The event runs from April 4 through 8 and features unique activities and giveaways at each of the offices.
Vernice L. Yazowski, 88, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, and formerly of 401 Alder St., Olean, N.Y., died on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 29, 1923 in Walton, N.Y., a daughter of the late Carl D. and Katharine Bullis Sprague. In Walton, N.Y., she married the late Roy W. Hood, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Yazowski was an active member of the Olean Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Olean, N.Y.Â She enjoyed ď¬‚owers and sewing.
During Monday evening's St. Marys City Council meeting, City Councilman Dick Dornisch indicated that there needs to be a clearer interpretation of the Home Rule Charter regarding the length of time a former council member must sit out before once again seeking election to the board. He specifically called into question candidate Tom Farley's ability to be listed on the primary ballot, since Farley had served two consecutive terms and has only sat out since his last term ended at the end of 2009.
The Footlighters of Elk County explore the family road trip and the memories of youth in their latest production, "Leaving Iowa," which will be performed April 7, 8 and 9 at the Diamond View Restaurant in St. Marys.
Thomas C. Launer, 57, of 5236 Ridgway-Johnsonburg Rd., Johnsonburg, died Sunday evening, April 3, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.
He was born Oct. 2, 1953, in Ridgway, son of Kenneth E. and the late Naomi Huckabone Launer.
On Aug. 16, 1975 in Holy Rosary Church, he married Gail F. Franco, who survives.
He resided in Johnsonburg all his life. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1971 and Penn State University in 1977.