August 29th, 2011
St. Boniface School in Kersey recently opened the new 2011-2012 school year with a new library and computer lab, due in part to a $10,000 grant from the AJ and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust.
"The design was discussed and created through an evaluation. We wanted to make our library more appealing so children could sit on the carpet, easily reach for a book and enjoy the overall aesthetics of the library," said St. Boniface Principal Marie Giazzoni.
Henry W. Smith, 84, of 1393 Million Dollar Hwy., Kersey, died Saturday, August 27, 2011, at his residence.
He was born March 27, 1927, in Brandy Camp, the son of the late Walter and Mary Hollabugh Smith. He married Lillian G. Reisinger, who predeceased him on January 15, 2005.
Angeline R. Sidoni, 81, of 49 Meadowbrook Rd., Ridgway, died Sunday, August 28, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
She was born November 19, 1929 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late John and Daisy (Manno) Calla.
She married Thomas D. Sidoni on November 3, 1951. He survives.
She had resided in Ridgway since 1952 and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and was active in the Cursillo movement.
She devoted her life to her family and friends. She enjoyed cooking and had previously cooked at Elk County Catholic High School and for the Office of the Aging.
Robert E. Landis, 90, of 705 Center St., St. Marys, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor after an illness of the past several months.
He was born March 23, 1921, in St. Marys, son of the late Walter and Larua Hathorn Landis.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys High School, Class of 1938. He was retired from the Keystone Carbon Co. as a tool and die maker, having retired after 47 years of service.
On Nov. 22, 1945, in the St. Mary's Church, he married Francis Drake, who preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2002.
Andrew (Andy) Kaul IV, 78, of Das Zip Haus, St Marys, a Big Ten wrestling champion and electronics industry pioneer, died Friday, August 26, 2011 after a lengthy illness.
He was born November 10, 1932, in St. Marys, the son of the late Andrew Kaul III and Libby Morrow Kaul.
On October 24, 1959, at the Sacred Heart Church, he married Margaret Imboden, who survives.
Andy was a 1951 graduate of The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., where he was introduced to the sport of wrestling. He was a three-time national prep wrestling champion while at The Hill School.
In January, residents living along Wilson Road appeared before the St. Marys City Council to express their concerns about sawdust that was blowing onto their properties from Woodbed Corp., which is owned by Bob DeLullo and overlooks Wilson Road. The issue stemmed from the close proximity of the residential and industrial zones in that area of the city.
Legislation signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett that expands on an individual's right to use lethal force in self-defense is set to go into effect today.
Act 10 of 2011, widely known as the 'Castle Doctrine,' allows individuals to use lethal force to defend themselves in their residence (including porch, deck, or patio) or occupied vehicle against an assailant threatening them or a third party.
The St. Marys Area United Way recently welcomed a new president, vice president and members of the board of directors.
Newly appointed United Way President Becky Piccolo, an employee of Elk Regional Health Center, is taking over the reins of the organization from outgoing president Nick Gismondi, an employee of MPP in Ridgway.
In late June, Elk County Catholic High School senior Sara Kucenski, of Ridgway, was one of seven western Pennsylvania youth who took part in a week-long mission trip to Honduras to dedicate a water filtration system in El Jaral, Honduras, which the students had spent the previous school year raising money to construct through an organization they formed called Pure Thirst. Pure Thirst worked in conjunction with The Rice Foundation, which was formed by Dr. Jeffrey Rice, and raised over $25,000 to construct the system.
Philip L. Woodford Jr., 52, of 8975 Hawthorne Rd., La Plata, Md., died August 23, 2011, as the result of a motorcycle accident, in White Plains, Md. He was born May 10, 1959, in St. Marys, the son of Philip L. and Lois Milliron Woodford Sr. On April 10, 1983, he married Anneâ€™ Bonnagio, who survives.
Mr. Woodford had been a La Plata resident for 10 years. He was a member of the Moose Club. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and coin collecting. He was an avid Steelers fan.