June 5th, 2011
St. Marys Area High School Class of 2011 student speakers Natalie Schwer, salutatorian, and Gianna DeMuro, valedictorian, recollected high school memories and hopes for the future during the school's annual commencement program held Friday evening.
As part of Schwer's speech, she referenced lessons portrayed in the Disney movie "Finding Nemo" as to what the new graduates may encounter in the real world following high school, including making new friends and embarking on a journey of self-discovery.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Through the course of several weeks of negotiations, the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA] has reached an agreement with Hunt Marcellus Operating Company, LLC, to sell treated water on an "as-needed" basis for use in its Marcellus Shale gas drilling operations.
One of the obligations of the agreement Hunt has already fulfilled is to make a $500,000 capital contribution to the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority for the purpose of making capital improvements to their water supply system in order to make available 300,000 gallons of water per day by Aug. 1 to Hunt Marcellus.
Lucille C. "Lucy" Deemer, 78, of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 108 Irishtown Road, Kersey, died on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born May 2, 1924 in Johnsonburg, a daughter of the late Oran and Elizabeth Silvis Corbet. On March 24, 1944 in Brookville, she married the late Charles Lee Deemer Sr., who preceded her in death on October 17, 1976.
Arthur N. Hillebrand, 82, of 1046 E. Eschbach Road, St. Marys, died on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a short illness.
He was born December 6, 1928 in Ambridge, a son of the late Joseph and Ida Hillebrand.
On October 28, 1950, in St. Mary's Church, he married the late Lillian "Mickie" Samick Hillebrand, who preceded him in death on December 5, 1995.
On Friday evening, 165 members of the St. Marys Area High School Class of 2011 gathered with their family and friends in celebrating their high school career as part of the school's 115th annual commencement program.
Class President Shelby Zomcik acted as the Mistress of Ceremonies and offered brief remarks along with fellow student speakers Natalie Schwer, salutatorian, and Gianna DeMuro, valedictorian.
Philip Bradley Wolfel, 23, of 5448 Rasselas Rd., Wilcox, pleaded guilty to one count of arson and related offenses, a grade-one felony, when he appeared before 59th Judicial District Judge Richard Masson in the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse during the morning session of Return Day on Friday. As a result of his guilty plea, Wolfel was sentenced to incarceration for a period of no less than four years to no more than 15 years at the State Diagnostic and Classification Center in Pittsburgh.
RIDGWAY - Laurene L. Leuschel, 51, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty to the charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, a grade-three felony; and tampering with records or identification, a grade-one misdemeanor, when she appeared before 59th Judicial District Judge Richard Masson in the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse during the morning session of Return Day on Friday. Sentencing in the matter was deferred until after the completion and receipt of a pre-sentence investigation report, which will include a forensic mental health evaluation conducted by Dr. David Webster.
ST. MARYS - Fourth Floor Graphics, which does full-graphic, high-definition signs, banners, vehicle lettering, wraps, guitar skins, shirts and hats, is holding its grand opening Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its location at 106 South Michael St. in downtown St. Marys.
The business is a family affair, owned by Dave Lowe, his father, Wayne, and his brothers, Tim and Scott.
Dave Lowe said the business will offer various services to the area.
MT. ZION â€“Â The Mt. Zion Historical Society was presented the Seven Seals Award on Saturday afternoon during the fifth annual Memorial Day dedication ceremony at Mt. Zion Historic Park.
Master of Ceremonies Richard Coccimiglio explained that the award is "the most prestigious."
"In fact, it is the highest award presented by the ESGR, Employment Services for Guards and Reserves," Coccimiglio said.
Fred Fair, Army Reserve Ambassador, explained that there are about 4,700 volunteers involved with ESGR, acting as go-betweens for employers and employees.
KERSEY - Visitors at the recent Fox Township Supervisors meeting expressed their concern over a dusty road, raw sewage and the junk ordinance.
Thomas McQuown, owner of a camp on Boone Mountain Road, stated that he has been experiencing dust problems, partially due to vehicles speeding along the road. He requested the township tar and chip the road in order to alleviate the problem, which he said is only going to get worse once the large water trucks travel the road as part of the gas and oil drilling projects.