June 29th, 2014
It was a high scoring affair in District 10 Little League All-Star Major League baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park as St. Marys and the Elk County team made up of players from Fox Township, Johnsonburg, and Ridgway battled to stay alive and continue to fight their way through the loser's bracket. The game featured an exciting back-and-forth battle that included seven home runs between both teams, and St. Marys ultimately emerged the victor by a score of 13-10.
Repairs to the St. Marys Community Pool and an update on the Rails to Trail project encompassed a portion of City Manager Dave Greene's regular activity report presented at a recent City Council meeting.
Greene met with Ken Wolfe from the St. Marys Recreation Board to review previous proposals and a feasibility study on Memorial Park's St. Marys Community Pool. He stated he has not reviewed the information since 2008.
The initial proposal put repairs at a cost of $4-$8 million. This included repairs to the bathhouse and completely demolishing and rebuilding the entire complex.
Sign-ups are currently underway for this year's Inner Park Day at Memorial Park. The free event for children between the ages of 5-14 is scheduled for July 9 and will feature activities such as a pie eating contest, obstacle course, and hockey shoot. Participants must register by July 1 in order to receive a free Inner Park Day T-shirt; however, registration will continue until the morning of the event.
As part of a recent St. Marys City Council meeting, the following subdivision and sewer applications were approved.
Matthew J. "Matt" Sprague, 30, of 235 West Center St., Johnsonburg, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 29, 1983, son of Lawrence "Larry" Sprague and Peggy Dickinson Sprague.
He graduated from Johnsonburg Area High High School in 2003 and resided in Johnsonburg all his life. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church, Central Hose Company, and was an avid Cinch player. He was a Walmart associate for 10 years.
After a lengthy and rigorous search the St. Marys Area School District board of directors approved the appointment of Dr. G. Brian Toth of Tyrone as the new superintendent.
During a special board meeting held Friday evening current SMAHS Principal Joshua Williams was unanimously approved as the assistant superintendent, a newly-created position unanimously approved by the board with a salary of $110,000.
During their special meeting Friday evening the St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors named Karen Cataldo of East Berlin as the new South St. Marys Street Elementary School assistant principal.
Cataldo will begin her duties on Aug. 22 as she assists new SSMSE Principal Chrissy Kuhar, former principal at Bennetts Valley and Fox Township Elementary schools.
The newly created position carries a salary of $60,000.
With the potential of a Marcellus Shale drilling well site in St. Marys' future, City Council members explored an active Elk County well site owned by Seneca Resources, Corp. on Thursday evening.
As part of the tour city officials took in live drilling rig operations, active pipeline construction and viewed a reclaimed well site from five years ago.
Plans are moving along for Seneca Resources' $10 million seismic testing plan in St. Marys with well plans yet to be determined.
Arthur Salvadore Aiello, 87 of 90 Forrest St., Ridgway, died peacefully surrounded by family Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1926 in Johnsonburg, son of the late Gennaro and Frances (Chirillo) Aiello.
He was born and raised in "the flats" of Johnsonburg along with his many brothers and sisters. He married Betty "Pete" Johnson in 1950 and enjoyed 64 years of marriage.
Eric R. Long, 44, of Denver, Colo., and a former resident of St. Marys, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at his residence.
He was born March 4, 1970 in St. Marys, son of the late Georgia Erich Long, who died May 22, 2008 and George R. Long, who survives of St. Marys. He was a 1988 graduate of St. Marys Area High School and a 1992 graduate of Penn State University. He was currently employed as a systems engineer.
Eric enjoyed hiking, camping, traveling, hunting, and anything outdoors.