September 18th, 2012
County officials and poll workers are quickly preparing for the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and possible struggles with the state's new voter identification requirements.
ST. MARYS - "Necessity is the mother of invention," said Dennis Rogers of St. Marys who built a firewood processor designed to lessen the physical toll of log splitting after suffering a back injury. His invention has since been patented and sold to a Canadian outdoor power products company which currently manufactures and sells the product.
One could say it was a serendipitous chain of events that led Rogers to build the prototype for what would eventually become the WP Wood Processor.
St. Marys City Council approved two issues pertaining to pension plans during their Monday evening meeting.
The 2013 Minimum Municipal Obligation (M.M.O) for pension plans was the first item addressed. The annual report, known as Act 205, requires information about the plans be submitted and approved by the governing body of the city by Sept. 30.
Total reimbursement for the police pension is $171,550 and for the non-uniformed employees it is $133,164, for a total of $304,714. As of Monday, the city's state aid is $236,023.24, leaving the city contribution at $76,677.74.
ST. MARYS - With tons of vendors, entertainment and activities for children and adults, this yearâ€™s third annual Bavarian Fall Fest is sure to be full of autumnal fun for area residents.
The festival will be held in downtown St. Marys from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 21; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.
Planning committee member Paula Weyant said this year's event has even better entertainment than the two years prior.
The Chautauqua Art Challenge, an event inspired by the Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, is scheduled to hit Mayville, N.Y. on Sept. 24-29.
The weeklong event, conjured up by Rendezvous genius Rick Boni, will feature a painting competition, clay competition, cardboard/fabric sculpture competition, ice carving competition, and wood carving competition.
"It's a wonderful opportunity," said Liz Boni of Appalachian Arts Studio. "It was probably a couple of years after the Rendezvous where Rick [Boni] thought it'd be really neat to have an event where you're really challenged.
Harold A. "Rudy" Simbeck, 80, of 177 Wehler Rd., St. Marys, died on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012Â following a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 15, 1931 in St. Marys, a son of the late Charles and Estella Galmish Goodrow Simbeck. On July 24, 1954 in St. Mary's Church, he married the late Rita Mae Wendel, who preceded him in death on June 15, 2004.
Christine H. Brem, 89, a resident of the DuBois Nursing Home in DuBois and formerly of the Elk Towers and Grandview Road, St. Marys, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at the DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Daguschonda, daughter of the late John and Frances Knouse Meholic. On May 29, 1947, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married George J. "Jingles" Brem, who he preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1995.
In addressing parental concern surrounding the status of the St. Marys Area School District's gifted program, Superintendent Ann Kearney assured parents at a recent Board of Directors meeting that the program had not been cut.
"I had a couple of phone calls concerned about the gifted program. One parent thought we cut the gifted program and we did not and I want to make that clear," Kearney said.
The Elk County Catholic High School girls' and boys' cross country teams both took part in the Bradford Invitational on Saturday in Bradford.
The Lady Crusaders finished first out of four teams, ending the day with 35 points, while Bradford was second with 44 points.
John F. Smith, 63, of 161 Ford Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at UPMC Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh following a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 27, 1948 in St. Marys, son of the late William and Jane Krug Smith.
On Sept. 19, 1970 in Rasselas, he married Louise E. Olewinski, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1966. He was an employee of the former Pure Carbon and retired from Morgan AM&T in 2011 after 47 years of service.