April 14th, 2011
The Punxsutawney Chucks tennis team edged the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 5-4 score Thursday afternoon at Benzinger Park.
â€śIt was a tough day today, losing a close match to a talented, well-coached Punxsy team,â€ť said ECCHS coach Nick Caggiano.
The cost of lunch may be increasing for St. Marys Area School District students.
SMASD Superintendent Ann Kearney explained the proposal during a recent school board meeting, stating that elementary lunches could increase five cents, from $1.45 to $1.50, and middle and high school lunches may increase by 25 cents, from $1.50 to $1.75
In addition, the cost of a la carte lunch would increase 25 cents, from $1.55 to $1.80.
The historic Elk Casino is hosting the third stop of the Straub Brewery Charity Pub Crawl beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
"We like to support the community and we have done a lot of fundraising in the past," explained Elk Casino co-owner Betty Wycoff on why the establishment chose to host the event.
The crowd-pleasing area band Six Pak will headline the event, taking the stage at 9 p.m.
"We are looking forward to putting on another great show to show our support for charities involved," said Ryan Herzing, Six Pak rhythm guitarist and vocalist.
Area residents may have noticed that candidates' political signs for the upcoming primary election on May 17 have already begun to appear in various locations throughout the city, even though the election is still over a month away.
While the section of the city's sign ordinance pertaining to temporary signs allows candidates to display an unlimited number of political signs, it also stipulates that "such signs may only be displayed between 30 days prior to and 5 days after an election."
The Most Reverend Donald Walter Trautman, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, described the restoration work at St. Leo Magnus Roman Catholic Church along Depot Street in Ridgway as "exquisite" and "spectacular" after seeing the finished product.
"I thought our diocese only had one cathedral, but now I think we have two cathedrals, one here in Ridgway and one in Erie," Trautman said as he prepared for a 7 p.m. Mass Thursday night as part of a rededication ceremony. "I'm very proud of it and I commend all who are responsible for it, and I'm happy for the people in this parish.
Cameron and Elk Counties Local Housing Options Team [LHOT] received a strong turnout Thursday afternoon at the 2011 Housing Expo held at the Central Hose Company along North Broad Street in downtown Ridgway.
The expo showcased 32 local vendors ranging from contractors, insurance agencies, banks, children's services, government offices and senior services to realtors and suppliers of home furnishings.
Norma J. Whalon, 84, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, and formerly of 110 Wehler Rd. in St. Marys, where she made her home with her daughter, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born Aug. 20, 1926 in Independence, Kansas, a daughter of the late Walter Raymond and Hazel P. Thomas Bryant
She was married to the late Robert Copello, who preceded her in death in 1976.Â She was later married to Lawrence Whalon.Â
Mrs. Whalon had always enjoyed reading.
The St. Marys Area track and field teams opened their dual meet season Tuesday by traveling to Punxsutawney.
The Punxsy squads swept the St. Marys Area teams. The Chucks beat the Dutch by a 91-59 score, while the Lady Chucks downed the Lady Dutch 95-55.
For the Dutchmen, Brian Merritt was a double winner, as he won the 400 and 200 dashes.
Single winners for the Dutch were Jonathan Prechtl in the 100 hurdles, Gideon Woelfel in the 3200 run, Tyler Mancuso in the pole vault and Jimmy Werner in the discus.
Students at St. Boniface School held a Music Fest on Wednesday evening to celebrate the school's 125th anniversary, which was in February 2010. The program featured students in kindergarten through fifth grade reading brief summaries about the school's history and performing songs from select time periods. It got under way at 6:30 p.m. and was followed by a brief social.
St. Marys Area High School recognized the academic excellence of juniors and seniors as part of the school's annual National Honor Society (NHS) program on Wednesday evening.
Among those honored were 43 first-year junior members, 35 second-year senior members and two seniors who were first-year members.
The evening began with a dinner, during which SMAHS senior Rebecca Arnold gave the invocation.
Students and their families then gathered inside the SMAHS Carpin Auditorium for the initiation ceremony into the Dr. Walter Black Chapter of the National Honor Society.