January 4th, 2011
Bernice I. Loefď¬‚er, 93, of Pinecrest Manor, St. Marys, died on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 23, 1917 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Alfred J. and Irene McHenry Loefď¬‚er.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Church.Â She was especially fond of all of her nieces and nephews and she was very good to them.
Ralph L. Franco, 83, of 6498 Ridgway-Johnsonburg Rd., Johnsonburg, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 31, 2010 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
He was born April 23, 1927 in Johnsonburg, the son of Batiste and Frances Serianni Franco.
On Sept. 16, 1950 in Holy Rosary Church, he married Rose M. Ferragine, who survives. The couple had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 16, 2010.
Lois Ann Bevacqua, 72, of 846 Noelani Dr., Duncansville, died Saturday morning, Jan. 1, 2011 at Altoona Regional Health System in Altoona following a lengthy illness.
She was born March 31, 1938 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Bronislaw "Bruno" and Anna Simchick Golebieski.
On Aug. 20, 1960 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg she married Joseph J. Bevacqua, who survives.
Shirley M. Anders, 63, of 329 Main St., Kersey, died early Sunday morning, Jan. 2, 2011, at the Clarion Hospital in Clarion.
She was born Feb. 5, 1947 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Thomas Barr and Shirley Lewis Barr Ingram, who survives, of Kersey.
On July 3, 1965 in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, she married Leroy R. Anders, who survives.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Ridgway High School, Class of 1965. She was a member of T.O.P.S., an avid reader, and enjoyed camping and spending time with her grandchildren.
During their first work session of the year on Monday evening, members of the St. Marys City Council filled vacancies on a number of the city's boards, authorities and commissions.
The Benzinger Township Golf Authority had one five-year vacancy which was filled by John H. Dippold.
The Benzinger Township Hospital Authority had one five-year vacancy which was filled by Dr. Charles Haskell.
The Parking Authority had three five-year vacancies which were filled by Robert Makufka, Warren Stewart and Jack Gabler.
The Elk/Cameron chapter of Special Olympics PA (SOPA) will be hitting the lanes once again when its bowling series begins this Saturday.
Diane Bon, bowling coach for the local chapter, has been involved with Special Olympics and the bowling program for over 30 years.
"I went there one Saturday just because I heard people talking about it, and I've been there ever since," she said of the Saturday bowling events. Bowling will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the coincidentally titled Olympic Lanes located off the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys.
The Fox Township Supervisors held their annual organizational meeting Monday evening, followed by their regular monthly meeting.
Among the few changes approved during the organizational meeting was a 1.5 percent pay increase for all township employees, as already allocated for in next year's township budget.
Supervisor Randy Gradizzi introduced a motion, which was approved, in increasing sewage application fees by $10. It will now cost $162 for new sewage systems and $116 for repairs.
The Elk-Cameron Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross has reported its operating budget has been severely impacted by recent disasters which have occurred throughout the area.
According to Elk-Cameron Chapter Program Director Patti Micale, the local organization spent more on disaster relief in November than all of last year.
This allotment consists of $5,000 of their budget, which was used to aid residents impacted by widespread flooding in early December, as well as from house fires in Kersey and Ridgway.
While large crowds of area residents turned out to watch the action during last week's Elk County Holiday Tournament, many also took the time to contribute to the effort to raise money for the Coaches vs. Cancer program.
According to Roben Daghir, American Cancer Society outreach volunteer, a total of $766 was raised throughout the tournament. All of the money will go to the American Cancer Society and will benefit individuals within the county.
December 30th, 2010
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball team captured their fourth consecutive Elk County Girlsâ€™ Holiday Basketball Tournament championship last night with a 52-36 victory over the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders in the title game at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
After a close first half which saw the score tied at 20 following the first 16 minutes, the Lady Dutch went on a 12-2 run in the first four minutes of the second half to open a 10-point lead. The Lady Dutch outscored the Lady Crusaders 32-16 in the second half.