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July 12th, 2012

Savannah O. (Fine) Straub

July 12, 2012

Savannah O. (Fine) Straub, 23, of 797 Washington St., St. Marys, died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, July 11, 2012.
She was born Jan. 4, 1989 in Washington County, Pa. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 2007.
She had also attended Penn State Altoona. She was an employee of Dino’s Place. Savannah enjoyed photography, reading and her cat, Nikkita.

Omar H. Ives

July 12, 2012

Omar H. Ives, 88, of Tyler, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at DuBois Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born May 3, 1924 in Mason Hill, son of the late Omar and Myrtle (Hanscome) Ives.
He married Lillian (Silinsky), who survives, and the couple was married for 68 wonderful years.
Mr. Ives lived most of his life in Tyler. He served in the Navy during WWII. He worked many years at Airco Speer Carbon of St. Marys and was a member of the American Legion of Weedville. He enjoyed the woods, hunting, traveling, and most of all, his family. 

Vaughn C. Erich

July 12, 2012

Vaughn C. Erich, 63, of 601 Brandycamp Road, Kersey, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
He was born Jan. 1, 1949 in St. Marys, a son of the late LeRoy "Curley" and Helen "Honey" Geitner Erich.
Vaughn was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from SMAHS, class of 1968. He had been employed at SGL Carbon for more than 40 years. He was a car enthusiast and enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and riding his 4-wheeler. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews.

Help needed to identify 1940s Stackpole workers

July 12, 2012

Mary Malone knew she had a project on her hands, but as a director of the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township, she was used to that. What she didn’t know was that it would take her two years and counting, and lead her to discovering more about her own family history.
“I was at a historical society meeting, and afterwards I was going through one of the books on the shelves, and it was an Airco Carbon book—Speer Carbon—and I found my dad’s picture in there, and I got so excited because it was before I was even born,” Malone said.

Fate of rail corridor trail rests with local residents

July 12, 2012

LANTZ CORNERS – Local residents need to step to the plate and coordinate efforts to develop a trail over the corridor for the defunct Knox and Kane Railroad.
Without a local organization enthusiastically behind the proposal, the "Rails To Trails" concept won't happen.
This is the message delivered Wednesday by state and county officials during a presentation at the Barrel House Restaurant at Lantz Corners.
The Mt. Jewett Rotary Club hosted the forum.

Band bringing back old-fashioned concerts

July 12, 2012

The days of old-fashioned concerts in the park are being revived, as the Elk-Cameron Community Band plans to host two events in local parks in July.
Area residents are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy an array of musical numbers, lemonade and cookies.
Each concert begins at 7 p.m. The first will be held Tuesday, July 17 at Memorial Park on Wolfel Avenue in St. Marys and the second will take place the following evening, Wednesday, July 18 at the Fox Township Community Park situated along SR 948. In case of rain, the St. Marys concert will be moved to the S. St. Marys Street

July 11th

Water authority changing payment methods

July 11, 2012

The St. Marys Water Authority is changing some of the options available for paying water bills.
Effective July 1, the authority is no longer accepting in-person payments at the First Commonwealth Bank branches in St. Marys and Kersey. In-person payments may now be made only at St. Marys City Hall, 11 Lafayette St., at the sewer office window on the first floor.
Dwight Hoare, manager of the St. Marys Water Authority, said the change came due to the bank’s plan to increase collection costs for accepting water payments at the beginning of the month.

PSP Fire Marshal determines arson cause of two St. Marys fires

July 11, 2012

ST. MARYS - The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal, St. Marys City Police Department and the Crystal Fire Department report investigating the origin and cause
of a fire that occurred at 11:32 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2012 at the residence of Michael Scolari, 333 N. St. Marys St., St. Marys. The fire destroyed a 1999 Coleman camping trailer parked in the driveway of the residence. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson and remains under investigation. Damage is estimated at $6,000. There were no injuries.

Adult Day Services invites residents to sweeten up their Friday the 13th

July 11, 2012

ST. MARYS - Adult Day Services, a Community Nurses-licensed facility, located at 625 Maurus St., will be holding a bake sale on Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. in an effort to encourage members of the community to come and check out the facility.
Signs will be posted near both the Maurus and Louis street entrances to the parking lot in an effort to direct visitors to the building. Adult Day Services staff will be parking at Elk County Catholic High School in order to free up parking spots, but individuals can also park at ECC and walk over as well.

Martha (Marty) Thomas Ryan

July 11, 2012

Martha (Marty) Thomas Ryan, 87, of East Second Street, Emporium, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys following a brief illness.
She was born July 13, 1924 on Whittimore Hill, just outside of Emporium, the fourth youngest of 12 children of the late Jackson and Clara Thomas.
On May 24, 1947 in Emporium, she married Joseph G. Ryan Jr., who died June 5, 1988.
She was a graduate of Emporium High School and was a veteran of WWII, having served as a Paymaster Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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