September 5th, 2011
The St. Marys Area cross country teams opened their seasons on Saturday by competing in the Big Valley Invitational held at Reedsville.
The Dutchmen took fifth place with a total of 176 points. State College won the team title with 45 points, followed by Mifflin County 66, Altoona Area 78, Bellefonte 167 and St. Marys. There were a total of 12 teams represented in the boysâ€™ AAA race.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch football team opened the 2011 season with a 34-28 victory over the Brookville Raiders Friday night at Dutch Country Stadium before a good-sized crowd.
â€śThat was a good football game. It was well-played by both squads,â€ť said Dutch coach Joe Schlimm. â€śI thought we played gutsy and played with emotion and heart.â€ť
â€śDuring our second possession of the second half, we began to win the battle at the line of scrimmage,â€ť he said.
Three goals in a span of three minutes and 56 seconds of the second half helped lift the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders varsity soccer team to a 4-0 season-opening victory Friday afternoon over the visiting DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals.
The two teams played evenly in the scoreless first half. ECC held a slim 6-4 edge in shots at intermission, and only a couple of difficult saves by freshman Lady Crusaders goalkeeper Hanna Onink kept the Lady Cardinals off the scoreboard.
The Elk County Catholic Crusader boys' soccer team opened their season with a win at home on Friday evening, blanking the DuBois Central Catholic Cardinals 1-0 in a match played under the lights at the Angela Huey Memorial Field in Kersey.
"We're happy to open the season with a win," said ECC head coach Adam Bailey. "I think we have a lot of work to do. I'd say, given the play and the way we performed, I think there's a lot of things we can refine.
The words 'fiscal restraint' were repeated often by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) at a town hall meeting held at the Red Fern in Fox Township Friday afternoon.
Toomey, on a tour through Elk and several neighboring counties, held the town hall meeting to address the federal debt, jobs and the economy.
The meeting did not focus as much on the local economy and jobs as it did on federal government spending and fiscal policies, with Toomey answering numerous questions from the audience of about 70 people and emphasizing a fiscal diet for the U.S. government throughout the event.
ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Conservation District is hard at work getting the West Creek Wetland Learning Center ready for its grand opening.
The grand opening is set for Wednesday, Sept. 28, which is also Elk County Conservation District Day.
"The majority of the landscaping of the rain and flower garden is complete for the year, except for minor details that will be completed before the grand opening," said watershed specialist Kim Bonfardine.
Thursday night, representatives from the telecommunications industry, as well as local businesses and government officials, met at Gunners Restaurant in St. Marys to discuss the implications of a proposed area code change for the region slated to take effect in the first quarter of 2015.
The Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission was recently formed to gain input from residents from across Pennsylvania regarding the impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling. Co-chaired by former state representatives Dan Surra and Carole Rubley, the group is in the process of holding a series of five hearings across the state to gain feedback so that a report can be prepared and sent to Governor Tom Corbett.
Sister Jean Marie Langevin, OSB, 93, of the St. Joseph Monastery, St. Marys, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born Oct. 10, 1917 in Ellenburg, N.Y., daughter of the late Paul and Augusta Patenaude Langevin.
In a case of cross-town rivalry at its best, the Elk County Catholic Crusader golf team edged the squad from St. Marys Area High School 224-225 in a close match played at the Bavarian Hills Golf Course on Thursday afternoon.
"It was as good of a match as we could have asked for," said St. Marys Area head coach Dan Vollmer. "Unfortunately for the Dutch, one of the players added incorrectly and had to take a higher score than they shot."
Eight players from each school participated in the match; however, only the top five scores from each team counted for their total.