March 27th, 2011
DAGUS MINES - The Vietnam Veterans of America Bucktail Chapter 720 celebrated "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" on Sunday at the American Legion Post 511 in Dagus Mines. Earlier this month, the United States Senate and House introduced resolutions declaring March 30, 2011 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." This is the third year the Bucktail Chapter has been holding a welcome event to recognize area veterans and their families.
Following the opening ceremonies, Bucktail Chapter 720 President Ron Guilyard addressed veterans and their family members.
St. Marys Area High School juniors Scott Barber and Brian Merritt recently each brought home top honors from the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state competition, held March 2-4 in Lancaster.
Barber was awarded with a top prize in the Pathophysiology knowledge test, while Merritt captured first place in Sports Medicine.
Joining Barber and Merritt in placing at the competition were Alyssa Fenton, Anna Prechtl and Samuel Guido, who worked as a group and took home third place in Creative Problem Solving, while Trenton Schreiber finished in fifth place in Medical Spelling.
"A Pearl of Great Value" is the theme of this year's Heritage Gala, an annual event that celebrates education and benefits students at St. Marys Catholic Elementary and Middle schools.
The gala will be held Saturday, April 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Fern in Fox Township. Proceeds benefit the Parent/Teacher Organization (P.T.O.), which has made a $150,000 commitment to the schools' budget.
Members of city council recently approved awarding bids for both truck/operator services and blacktop patching services for the year. In each instance, only one company submitted a bid.
Bucktail Excavators was the sole bidder for truck/operator bids at per-hour rates of $45 for a single axle, $55 for a tandem, $65 for a tri-axle, $80 for a crawler and $60 for a mini-crawler.
"These bid prices stayed the same as in 2010," said City Manager Dave Greene.
He added that the services would only be utilized on an as-needed basis.
The Winter Athletic Awards program honoring the winter sports athletes at Elk County Catholic High School was held on Wednesday evening. The program opened with an invocation by Father Ross Miceli, followed by the welcome by ECC Athletic Club President Chris Schneider. Principal Sandy Florig gave an overview of the program, followed by acknowledgements by Athletic Director Aaron Straub.
The ECC-SMA Alumni Football weekend has been set for Saturday, May 21.
Sign ups for the affair are scheduled for this Sunday, March 27. They will be held from noon until 2 p.m. in the St. Marys Area High School cafeteria. Participants are asked to bring proof of age and health insurance.
This year they are adding baseball and softball as well as a cross country run which will be open to all ages. Sign ups for these events will be held at the same time.
RIDGWAY - Elk County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Richard Masson ruled that due to pre-trial publicity, a jury from outside of Elk County will be chosen to hear the murder case against Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will choose the county in which the jurors are to be summoned from.
Donachy is charged in the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a 57-year-old St. Marys beautician, after he allegedly broke into her Walnut Street residence.
Recent visitors to the the St. Marys Walmart located in Fox Township are sure to have noticed the remodeling activities taking place. The work began on March 7 and is expected to be completed sometime in May.
The St. Marys Municipal Airport would benefit from refinancing its debt, according to city councilman Dan Hepner. Hepner was appointed to fill a vacancy on the St. Marys Area Airport Authority in January, a term that will run for five years.
"In looking at redoing the city bonds, it is my recommendation that we seriously consider taking the airport debt and refinancing that was part of the bond refinancing," Hepner said. "In other words, pay off the existing debt and then have them become part of the bond indenture. [They would] continue to pay as they do on a monthly basis."
Edward C. "Charlie" Krise, 74, of 72 Erie Ave., St. Marys and formerly of 1200 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, died on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at UPMC Monteï¬ore Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born June 26, 1936 in Ridgway, a son of the late Oden and Christine Bellotti Krise.