February 22nd, 2011
Grace Marie Braun, 82, of San Bernardino, Calif., died Feb. 16, 2011 due to heart failure.
She was born in St. Marys and resided in San Bernardino for 42 years.
She graduated from San Bernardino Community College in 1982. She was the choir director for Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral for 15 years and was the choir director for St. Anthony's Catholic Church for over 10 years. She sang with the Canto Bello Chorale for 10 years. She was a teacher's assistant for 15 years in the Rialto School District.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders jumped out to an early lead against the Smethport Lady Hubbers in the opening round of the District 9-A playoffs, then coasted to a 54-22 victory in a game played at the Aaron J. Straub Gym at Elk Catholic.
The win moves the Lady Crusaders into the second round of the playoffs on Thursday evening at Kane.
"This was a good playoff win for us," said Ken Pistner, head coach of the Lady Crusaders. "We took care of business tonight and in the process got a lot of playing time for all of our players.
At the request of city councilman Bob Roberts, members of city council approved issuing a resolution expressing their opposition to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's plan to change the telephone area code in the area from 814 to 582.
"I wonder if it wouldn't be well for the City of St. Marys to oppose that change," Roberts said. "Many municipalities around us are doing that, in fact, and I'd like to see a resolution."
St. Marys Area School District principals presented updates about their schools during a recent school board workshop.
South St. Marys Street Elementary Principal Bob Grumley presented information about the school's Accelerated Reader program, with 488 out of 618 students reaching their goals. Each student is given an individual assessment at the beginning of the school year in determining what their Accelerated Reader goal is. Of those students, 85 percent are comprehending what they are reading, with the goal of 90 percent comprehension for next year.
Bob King, a member of the ECHO-USA carving team and renowned carver throughout the United States and international circuit, gave a presentation Monday morning at Appalachian Arts Studio in Ridgway.
King's focal point was on the wide variety of carvers who comprise the art form, from competitive carving to main event carving to entertainment and exhibition.
Beulah F. Yale, 85, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born May 30, 1925, in Cement, Okla., the daughter of the late Jessie C. and Clara G. Morris Riley.
She had been a Ridgway resident for 60 years. She was a member of the Elk Baptist Church in St. Marys. She was a charter member of the Ridgway Eagles Women's Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family and her pets. She had been employed at Clarion Sintered Metals, retiring in 1986.
Charles Raymond Carlson, 95, of 356 Toby Rd., Kersey, died Sunday evening Feb. 20, 2011 at the Lutheran Home in Kane.
He was born Dec. 13, 1915 in Shawmut, son of the late Carl J. and Ida (Peterson) Carlson.
In August of 1962, he married Marie Schreiber of Toby, who preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 2010.
Almost everyone experiences a decline in vision as they get older. For some people, however, this vision loss can be attributed to more than the body's natural aging process: it could be the result of the eye disease called glaucoma.
The Department of Education of the Diocese of Erie has announced that Father Michael P. Ferrick has been appointed president of the newly formed Elk County Catholic School System (ECCSS).
The St. Marys Area Dutch gymnastics squad placed second at the Central Pa. Gymnastics League held Saturday at the St. Marys Area Middle School.
The Bellefonte squad won the title with 137.125 points, followed by St. Marys with 129.225, Altoona 127.350, DuBois 117.875 and Ridgway 104.350.
â€śI was very pleased with the way the team performed at this championship meet,â€ť said St. Marys coach Irene McCandless. â€śThey did well, although we did have some shaky moments during the meet, but the team was able to keep it together and push through and snatch the second place spot.