As Mark Guido enters his third year at the helm of the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball squad, he has an enthusiastic group of players battling for the starting spots.
Guido has been coaching basketball for 23 years, eight with the St. Marys Area program.
â€śThis year we will have an athletic team. We have good overall team speed and quickness,â€ť said Guido. â€śWe have an enthusiastic group of kids. They are high-energy. Now we just have to convert that to the basketball court.â€ť
The Dutch have two returning letter winners in seniors Jimmy Werner and Justin Quiggle.
As Ken Pistner enters his 10th year as the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader head coach, he has six letter winners returning to form the nucleus of the 2011-2012 squad.
â€śOur strengths are our depth and experience,â€ť said Pistner.
The six returning letter winners are seniors Abbi Petroski, Jena Struble, Lexie Meholic and Maggie Sorg and juniors Kristy Hanes and Taylor DaCanal.
Looking to fill the guard slots are Struble, Hanes, Sorg and junior Michelle Imbrogno.
The roster of this year's Elk County Catholic High School varsity boys' basketball squad is filled with new faces. While the team returns four seniors, there are no returning starters or letter winners on the 16-member roster.
"Any time you don't return any starters and you don't return any letter winners, I think that is a challenge," said head coach Aaron Straub. "By the same token, besides the challenge, there is a big upside and a big opportunity. I think this is a team that will get better as the season progresses."
Leona L. (Gagliardi) Hasselman, of St. Marys, died at her home, on Saturday, December 10, 2011 following an illness of the past nine months.
She was born on Apr 22, 1941 in Force, a daughter of the late Antonio and Sophia Black Gagliardi.
On July 16, 1964, she married the late James S. Hasselman, who preceded her in death on December 27, 2000.
M. Jean Asti, 73, of 249 N. St. Marys Street, St. Marys, died on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at her residence after a courageous battle with emphysema.
She was born April 21, 1938 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Leander and Alice Sorg Haberberger. On September 6, 1958 in the St. Marys Church, she married the late Anthony J. "Junior" Asti, who preceded her in death on January 11, 1994.
In what has become an annual event, wreaths purchased by area residents are being laid on graves of veterans at the St. Maryâ€™s Catholic and Protestant cemeteries to honor their military service throughout the holiday season.
Area residents gathered at a noon ceremony Saturday at St. Maryâ€™s Catholic Cemetery in preparation for the wreath-laying. The St. Marys Servicemenâ€™s Burial Detail posted the colors and the assembly recited the Pledge of Allegiance and observed a moment of silence prior to remarks given by Father Eric Vogt, OSB, who spoke about the purpose of the event.
ST. MARYS - Tractor Supply Co. in St. Marys, known as store #107, was third in the state for collecting the most money through the charitable Paper Clover program, the proceeds of which benefit 4-H. A certificate signed by Donald T. Floyd, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council, was presented to store employees, as well as a ribbon designating its top status in its Region 5 division for the fall 2011 campaign. The store collects money nationally each year to fund 4-H programs and activities.
Dominick (Nick) Sette, 78, of 178 Evers Ave. St. Marys, died Friday Dec. 9, 2011 at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born December 16, 1932 in Ridgway, son of the late Frank and Concettina Curado Sette.
On May 4, 1957, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Beverly Klancer, who survives.
Nancy R. Beimel, 70, of 759 Johnsonburg Rd. Elco Glen, St. Marys, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a lengthy illness of the past several months.
She was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 11, 1941, daughter of the late Frank and Helen Johnson Nottingham.
She had formerly lived in California and Reynoldsville.
Nancy enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren. She was an animal lover and loved her dog. She loved to travel, do ceramics, read and write poetry.
During Thursday's meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors, Superintendent Ann Kearney expressed her opposition to a school voucher bill now before the Pa. House of Representatives and urged taxpayers to contact their representatives and express their disapproval of the legislation, which she said "could bankrupt local school districts."