March 12th, 2012
The Elk County Footlighters will return to the stage this weekend with a dinner theatre production of â€śYou Canâ€™t Take it With You.â€ť
The group will be performing at Aielloâ€™s CafĂ© on North Broad Street in Ridgway on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 15 through March 17. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Footlighter member and play director Mike Ames said the comedic antics in the play will appeal to a broad audience.
Gannon University students Bryton Dybowski of Ridgway, Shelby Davison of Ridgway and Don Breakey of Johnsonburg recently traveled to Joplin, Mo., to assist victims of the May 2011 tornado. The trip was a part of an alternative spring break program offering students something to do with their time off.
â€śA lot of kids go home and relax,â€ť said Breakey, a biology and pre-med major at Gannon. â€śI wanted to do something productive and give myself a new perspective on what is out there and what can be done.â€ť
Dybowski went because of her love of service work.
A new policy entitled the Internship Ride-Along Program through the City of St. Marys Police Department was approved during the most recent St. Marys City Council meeting.
Chief Todd Caltagarone explained the policy before council, stating that while the program has been in place for several years, he believed there needs to be a formal policy in place to protect the police, the observer and the general public.
William Ryan Hayes, 73, of Manayunk, died Friday, March 9, 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Nilson Hayes; two sons, Mark R. Hayes and Justin V. Hayes of Roxborough; a daughter, Stephanie Hayes Gallagher (Mark) of Somerville, N.J.; two grandchildren, Aidan and Abigail Gallagher; and two brothers, Leo "Cappy" Hayes of East Falls and John Hayes of State College.
He was preceded in death by a son, Drew Nilson Hayes; and two sisters, Mary Ann Sommers and Kathryn Hayes Dugan.
Richard N. Fleming, 86, of 838 South Michael Rd., St. Marys, died on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 31, 1925 in St. Marys, son of the late Robert and Theresa Hoffman Fleming. On April 19, 1947 in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, he married Alice M. Baumer, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys parochial schools. He was a retired manager of the Charles P. Harvey Distributor, retiring in 1988 after 45 years of service.
Margaret A. Nearing, 96, of 1396 Burning Well Rd., Wilcox, died on Monday, March 12, 2012 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys following a lengthy illness.
She was born on April 20, 1915 in Wilcox, daughter of the late John and Anna Simko Pavlina.
On Nov. 4, 1933 in the Holy Cross Church in Rasselas, she married Linus J. Nearing, who died on Feb. 11, 2001.
She resided in the Wilcox area all her life and attended Wilcox schools.
Mrs. Nearing was a member of St. Anne's Church in Wilcox.
Earl E. Jacobs, 77, of 407 Cobb St., Johnsonburg, died on Monday, March 12, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center following a short illness.
He was born on Sept. 1, 1934 in Johnsonburg, son of Harold and Katherine Stager Jacobs.
On Oct. 28, 1961 in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg, he married Dorothy Dworsky. She died Feb. 4, 1986.
He resided in Johnsonburg his entire life and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1952.
Mr. Jacobs was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg American Legion Post 501 and Wilcox Sportsmen's Club.
ECC to play Vincentian Wednesday at Punxsy
JOHNSTOWN - The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders advanced to the second round of the PIAA Class A girlsâ€™ tournament with a 53-47 victory over the Southern Fulton Indians Saturday afternoon. The first-round game was played at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
The Lady Crusaders will now take on the Vincentian Academy Lady Royals Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Punxsutawney Area High School. The Royals edged the Kane Lady Wolves 62-60 in overtime Saturday afternoon.
Superintendent Ann Kearney presented the St. Marys Area School District's proposed budget for the 2012-2013 school year at Thursday's workshop meeting of the SMASD Board of Directors.
The budget, still tentative pending approval by the board, totals $24,339,949 and represents a 1.78 percent increase from last year's.
In detailing the proposal, Kearney discussed expected revenue and expenditures influencing the upcoming year's projections.
Helping kids with cancer was the goal of St. Marys Area Middle School students as they recently concluded their fundraising efforts during their "Pennies for Patients" collection, a program sponsored by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
During a special school assembly, members of the Student Council, overseen by advisor Miss Smith, presented a check in the amount of $1,897.37 to Megan Nemecek, campaign coordinator for the LLS School and Youth Programs Western PA/WV Chapter.