June 11th, 2012
FOX TWP. - A massive show of community support for the 2012 Elk County Relay for Life was on display at the Fox Township Community Park on Friday during the opening ceremony of the 24-hour event.
Emcee Roben Daghir said the goals were to increase awareness of cancer in the area and raise the funds needed to combat the disease, and termed the event was a "big success." Monetary donations for this year's event totaled roughly $13,450.
In addition to new development, the downtown area has also been altered by fires throughout the community's history.
Local historian Ray Beimel discussed several of the more prominent fires that impacted the Erie Avenue area during a recent presentation at the St. Marys Senior Center.
The earliest fire detailed by Beimel during his presentation occurred on the afternoon of July 25, 1880. According to Beimel, the fire began in the apartment located above the Coryell and Russ' store, which he indicated was located where Dr. Jolly's office is today.
Hilda J. Gasbarre, 81, of 121 Polk Ave., Ridgway, died early Monday morning, June 11, 2012, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
She was born June 24, 1930, in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Walter J. and Grace (Meise) Winters. She married Gene L. Gasbarre on Dec. 28, 1950; he survives. She had resided in Ridgway for the last 65 years and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.
Hilda enjoyed playing bingo and watching Pittsburgh sports. She had been employed at Quality Components for 30 years.
James P. Raybuck, 82, of 428 Smith St., Ridgway, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born Jan. 21, 1930, in Ridgway, the son of Clair and Elbirta Penfield Raybuck.
On Nov. 29, 1958, in Brookville, he married Lena Dunn, who survives.
Mr. Raybuck had resided most of his life in Ridgway. He was Methodist by faith. He was a member of the American Legion and the Ridgway Elks. He had been employed as a train conductor with the Pennsy Railroad.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Patricia A. Rees Covel, 80, of Pinecrest Manor, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, at her residence following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 5, 1931 in Ridgway, the daughter of the late Paul and Cecilia Scherer Rees.
On Aug. 6, 1960, she married Harry N. Covel; he survives.
Mrs. Covel was a lifelong Ridgway resident. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and the Good Samaritan Society. She was a graduate of St. Leoâ€™s School. She had been employed at United Natural Gas until 1960.
Sarah Martin Kronenwetter, 76, of California, Md., died surrounded by her loving family on June 5, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
Born on August 23, 1935 in Ridgway, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Dorothy Martin.
She was the loving wife of Ted Kronenwetter, whom she married on Aug. 20, 1960 in St. Marys.
Sarah graduated from St. Marys Area High School in 1953 and moved from St. Marys to St. Maryâ€™s County, Md., in November 2008. She worked as a teacherâ€™s aide for 20 years, retiring in 1997.
Sarah loved her family especially her grandchildren.
Joseph William Cole, 87, Walnut St, DuBois, died at his residence at 10:40 a.m. on June 10, 2012, surrounded by his loving family.
Born Nov. 1, 1924 to Joseph H. Cole and Josephine Willis Cole in Crafton, Pa., he was preceded in death by his three siblings, Samuel H. Cole, Annah M. Doak, and Howard C. Cole. He is survived by his wife, Janet Shenck Cole
The Fox Township Supervisors approved numerous requests for use of township recreational facilities for such events as birthday and graduation parties, a family reunion and a fun walk and picnic at their recent meeting.
Among those was a request from the Elk County Catholic High School boys' soccer team to utilize the park's Angela Huey soccer field, as well as the SinterFire soccer fields, for the team's 2012 season.
Donâ€™t have enough money in your â€śRainy Day Fund?â€ť Emporium-based CPA and Certified Financial Planner Robyn Kuleck (www.kuleckfinancialplanning.com) has some recommendations to help people prepare from getting soaked.
In addition to tracking spending habits to make adjustments where needed and putting whatever amount of money youâ€™re able to afford into savings before paying other bills, Kuleck said there are some other methods of saving that can allow people to save without too much pain.
Editor's note: This is the first part in a series of articles based on a presentation given by area historian and photographer Ray Beimel regarding the history of the Erie Avenue area.
Throughout St. Marys' history, Erie Avenue has been patronized by local residents for a variety of reasons. Stores, hotels, and other businesses have all come and gone, but the area has remained an integral part of the community.