February 24th, 2014
Recruitment and retention continues to plague fire departments throughout the U.S. including the St. Marys Crystal Fire Department.
Fire Chief Bill Kraus reported this challenge along with overhauls he believes need to be made in training requirements during a recent St. Marys City Council meeting.
While the number of volunteer firefighters is declining, the age of volunteer firefighters is increasing. This is evident as the average age of CFD firefighters ranges from 40 to 50 years old, proving a need to recruit younger members.
ST. MARYS â€“ State Police fire marshal Corporal Greg Agosti conducted an investigation along with Crystal Fire Department and the St. Marys City Police Department regarding a Sunday night fire that heavily damaged a residence at 572 S. St. Marys St. in St. Marys.
The victim was Michael S. Murgash of St. Marys.
For the past several years the Confirmation students from St. Marys' three Catholic parishes have held collections after each Mass during the same weekend as the Super Bowl. Known as 'Souper Bowl Sunday,' the proceeds from the annual event benefit the Christian Food Bank of St. Marys. This year's collection, which was held Feb. 1-2, saw $4,951 donated for the organization.
On Monday morning, Liz and Rick Boni, founders of Ridgway's annual Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, gave a presentation on the history of the Rendezvous, from its humble beginnings in 1999 to the internationally-known event it has become in its fifteenth year.
"Right off the bat it was kind of an international flavor," said Liz Boni of the 1999 gathering.
The St. Marys Area Dutch wrestling team claimed the team title at the District 4/9 AAA Wrestling Championships at Clarion University on Saturday, edging District 4's Jersey Shore 161.5-157.5 in the final team standings.
St. Marys also had 11 wrestlers finish on the podium: 160-pound champion Bill Gabor; runners-up Ray Dent, Tyler Yetzer, and Josh Cameroni; third-place finishers Kyle Pecht, Alex Feldbauer, and Derek Taylor; and fourth-place finishers Cameron Resch, Willie McGonnell, DJ Salinas, and Mike Wolfel.
Harry J. "Buck" Sample, 86, of 61 Kane St., Wilcox, died Friday evening, Feb. 21, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home, St. Marys, following a short illness.
He was born June 30, 1927 in Instanter, son of John "Jack" Samuel and Dorothy Kemp Sample.
He married Dolores Rusalem on July 28, 1951 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg. She died Jan. 8, 2008.
He attended Wilcox schools and resided in Wilcox all his life.
He was a member of Holy Cross Church, Rasselas, Wilcox American Legion Post 467, and the Wilcox Sportsmen's Club.
An outpouring of love, gratitude and respect for the Benedictine Sisters of Elk County was evident on Sunday during a special community celebration honoring those who have served at St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys, the oldest Benedictine monastery in the U.S. which is slated to close after 162 years of service.
A large crowd gathered at Queen of the World Church for a vespers service, program and social. The guests of honor included the remaining 17 sisters serving at the monastery, their family and friends along with sisters visiting from surrounding monasteries.
ST. MARYS â€“ Area emergency responders were dispatched shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday for a structure fire at 572 S. St. Marys St. in St. Marys.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the District 9 Class A tournament with a 48-39 victory over the Venango Catholic Vikings Friday night at Brookville.
The fifth-seeded Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders saw their season come to an end on Friday night in Brookville as the fourth-seeded Clarion Lady Bobcats led from start to finish to hand ECC a 67-40 loss in a District 9 Class A quarterfinal contest played at Brookville High School. The loss eliminates the Lady Crusaders from the playoffs.