June 28th, 2012
Local writers Geraldine "Gerri" Bianchi Wolfe and the late Clark Hawkins teamed up to write a new book, "Through the Window," which offers a diverse collection of short stories of the past and present, many of which are inspired by true life-events and set in northwestern Pennsylvania.
The 100-page book offers 11 short stories, including an introduction, an in memoriam, commentary, brief author biographies and local photos, most of which were provided by Hawkins.
Dr. David Quinn Steele, 85 of Glen Hazel Road in Wilcox, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at U.P.M.C. Presybterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
A complete obituary and funeral arrangement information will be announced when it becomes available.
Alice L. Marcenelle, 82, of Port Vue, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012.
She was the daughter of the late Grover and Helen (McVicker) Ritchie; the devoted wife of Anthony "Ants" Marcenelle; loving mother of Tawnie (Larry) Gisi of Monroeville, Anthony (Zoe) Marcenelle, Ronnie (Jennifer) Marcenelle of Houston, Texas, Connie Mellett of Aspinwall and Victoria (Mark) Whiteman of St. Marys; and the grandmother of Andrew Gisi, Christopher and Emily Marcenelle, Alison, Jacob and Sare Whiteman and Alexandra Mellett.Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in deathÂ by a brother, Alan Ritchie.
The St. Marys American Legion Baseball team raised their record to 9-3 on the season with a 10-3 victory over the Bradford Legion Wednesday night at Berwind Park.
WILCOX â€“ Cole Peterson made the start on the mound Wednesday for Wilcox in American Legion baseball against Fox Township and stole the show with not only a complete game 5-2 win but also a perfect 4 for 4 showing at the plate.
Peterson struck out nine batters on the night while working out of trouble with runners in scoring position four times.
Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] have been closely watching recent U.S. Senate and House activity.
The Senate recently postponed consideration of the FY13 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill until possibly the middle of July; Senate leaders originally anticipated to debate the annual spending bill this month, according to North Central Executive Director Eric Bridges.
A week ago, the House voted to instruct conferees to the House-Senate negotiations on the highway bill to finish their work by Friday, June 22.
RIDGWAY - At Tuesday's Elk County Solid Waste Authority meeting, Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner said she will be participating in a conference call this week with the PA Recycling Markets Center to continue with steps to enable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) thermoform plastic recycling through a pilot project. The center in Elk County is receiving funding through a national grant and is the only rurally located facility involved in the project.
"It's worse than a plague," said Pete Braun of Braun's Farm in St. Marys regarding the destruction of crops caused by invading armyworms.
Braun, like many area farmers, is suffering firsthand from the devastation caused by the armyworm, or Pseudaleta unipuncta (Haworth), a native species widely distributed throughout the United States, east of the Rocky Mountains.
Although the gypsy moth population did not turn out to be as much of a problem as predicted, another caterpillar has already begun to wreak havoc in Elk County.
During Monday night's Elk County Conservation District Board of Directors' meeting, Toby Herzing of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reported receiving numerous calls from farmers worried about a little green and brown worm that was ravaging their hay fields.
If youâ€™ve caught a local high school (musical) performance lately or attended your childâ€™s recital, chances are Fred and Marie Fritz have been behind the scenes making sure the instruments used are hitting the perfect pitch.
The St. Marys couple owns Fritz Pianos and Organs, a family business that began with Fredâ€™s father, the late Hal Fritz, and also included Fred's brother, the late Frank Fritz, who managed the business's DuBois store until his death nine years ago.
Fred said itâ€™s hard for him to imagine doing something else.