November 26th, 2012
Editor's Note: Throughout the next two months, the various community agencies that receive funding under the St. Marys Area United Way will be highlighted. The organization's fundraising campaign concludes on Dec. 15.
"We're very fortunate to have a great United Way in this area. They do some remarkable things, so we're very lucky," said Lindie Gnan, manager, membership and community development for the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania in discussing how funding from the St. Marys Area United Way benefits the St. Marys Area Girl Scout Neighborhood.
Elk County is now home to one of two drilling rigs converted from diesel to cleaner-burning liquified natural gas by Seneca Resources Corporation for use in its Marcellus Shale operations here. According to a press release from the National Fuel Gas Company, for which Seneca functions as an exploration and production subsidiary, the first rig powered by 100 percent liquified natural gas (LNG) was converted and integrated into Seneca operations in Lycoming County. The company is reportedly proceeding with plans to put a third rig built to run on both diesel and natural gas into use.
"Listen to your teachers." "Study." "Be self-aware." "Be accountable." "Do not ever let anyone tell you 'no.'" This advice was given to students at Elk County Catholic High School during a recent academic assembly by guest speaker Dr. Micah Hoffman. Dr. Hoffman is a 2003 Summa Cum Laude graduate of ECC, and is currently a psychiatrist at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience at the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center of the University of California, Los Angeles Health System.
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Pennsylvania State Leadership Workshop was held Nov. 4-5 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College and the four officers and co-advisors from Elk County Catholic High School's newly formed chapter were among the roughly 850 participants at the event, which consisted of FBLA chapters from all over the state.
The 2013 Elk County Relay for Life will begin on a Saturday instead of a Friday this year to give more area residents an opportunity to participate. According to Public Relations Chair Barbie Simbeck, the Relay for Life Committee and teams voted to have the event begin on Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m. and end on Sunday, June 9 at 9 a.m. The event will still be held at the Fox Township Community Park.
Mary Ellen Yetzer, 55, of 759 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 14, 1957, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Carl and Madelyn "Dolly" Nero Yetzer.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Elk County Catholic High School, Class of 1974. She was a former beautician.
She had also worked in the St. Joseph's kitchen and the convent infirmary. She enjoyed spending time with her daughter.
Kathryn B. Heibel Rettger, 91, of Erie, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 at UPMC Hamot.
She was born in Erie on Dec. 27, 1920, the daughter of the late Jerome and Edith Schaaf Heibel.
A graduate of East High School, she was employed as a custodian with the Erie School District, retiring in 1985. She was a life-long member of St. Mary's Church. She loved to play cards and put together jigsaw puzzles.
Alva J. "Monnie" Kirkland, 85, of 185 Center St., Elk Towers, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois after a brief illness.
She was born March 21, 1927 in St. Marys, daughter of the late David W. and Isabelle Krieg Caskey.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. She was a former employee of Airco Speer, and retired from GTE Sylvania and also worked at Keystone Carbon Co., and retired from Keystone.
She was married to Albert E. Kirland, who preceded her in death in 2000.