June 10th, 2012
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.
Lawrence T. âLarryâ McGeehan, 60, of Lewis Run, and formerly of Brownsville, died on Friday, June 8, 2012 at his home.Â
He was born on Aug. 7, 1951 in Bethlehem, a son of the late John and Elizabeth Durnin McGeehan.
He was a graduate of the St. Marys High School.Â He received his undergraduate degree and his masterâs degree from John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio and he received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed spending time outdoors; he also loved to spend time in the kitchen and cook.
Robert W. McBurney (aka âRadarâ and âJinglesâ), 65, of St. Marys died Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the DuBois Nursing Home in DuBois, where he resided for the past two years.
He was born March 8, 1947 in St. Marys, a son of Madeline (Smith) McBurney Huff, who survives, and the late Robert L. McBurney.
He was a 1965 graduate of Johnsonburg Area High School.Â He attended DeVry University in Chicago, Ill., studying electronics.
ST. MARYS â A number of area students headed off to college or other postsecondary education will have some help thanks to scholarships awarded through the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF).
Students from Elk County and the surrounding area were awarded 87 scholarships totaling over $100,600 through the foundation, which helps individuals and groups achieve their philanthropic goals by assisting with the creation of endowments and other funding, and then awarding that funding locally to individuals, nonprofit organizations and others.
Recently the Fox Township Supervisors approved a request for a conditional-use permit for EOG Resources to install three additional gas wells in the Boone Mountain area.
The company's original request was to install a total of five new gas wells; however, two of the sites must be relocated in order to meet the township setback requirements.
Their approval of the request included the stipulation that the Fox Twp. Zoning Enforcement Officer Robin Singer be permitted on the well sites to inspect them, without interference, to assure the sites are meeting all township zoning requirements.
ECC finishes with fine 20-4 record
LORETTO - The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team saw their season come to an end Friday afternoon at St. Francis University in Loretto, where they suffered a tough 2-1 loss to the Fannett Metal Lady Tigers.
Elk Catholic ended the season with a fine 20-4 record. They were the District 9 Class A champs and won the Elk County Tournament.
Marcy M. Hodgdon, 39, of 213 Faries St., Wilcox died on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys.
She was born on May 19, 1973 in Ridgway, daughter of Kenneth and Joyce Oertly Finn of Wilcox, who survive. She married William J. Hodgdon on July 20, 2006. He survives.
Mrs. Hodgdon resided in the Wilcox area all of her life. She graduated from Johnsonburg Area High School in 1991. She was Lutheran by faith and was a caring and thoughtful person whose children were the love of her life. She also loved animals, Penn State and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
John W. "Jack" Hanes, 82, of 121 Poplar Rd., St. Marys, died on Thursday, June 7, 2012 following a brief illness.
He was born July 1, 1929 in St. Marys, a son of the late Raphael "Ralph" and Kathryn Samick Hanes. On April 15, 1999, he married Betty Dornich Erich Hanes, who survives.
INDIANA âÂ The Neshannock Lancers may have had more fans in the stands and around the field at Thursday afternoon's quarterfinal contest at the White Township Recreation Complex in Indiana, but the Elk County Catholic Crusader squad made enough noise both on and off the field to keep the momentum in their favor as they pulled off a 4-3 victory to advance to the PIAA Class A baseball championship semifinals.
Jack Herzing went the distance on the mound for the Crusaders, giving up three hits, walking two, and striking out seven.
ST. MARYS - With the completion of the 2011- 2012 school year, St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney offered congratulations to those who contributed to the success of the term and began to discuss district activities planned for the summer recess during Thursday's workshop meeting of the board of directors