For the first time in 372 years, the winter season got underway in unique fashion with a total lunar eclipse.
The winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year and this year, winter officially got underway at 6:38 p.m.
The last time a lunar eclipse corresponded with the winter solstice was Dec. 21, 1638. At that time, what is now the United States was only a series of young colonies under British control and William Penn had not even crossed the Atlantic to begin the settlement of what is now Pennsylvania.
Dressed in festive colors of red, green and white, first grade students at South St. Marys Street Elementary sang and danced their way through their class musical, "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane," presented on Tuesday afternoon.
The 20-minute musical centered around Candy Cane Lane, which was abuzz with festive holiday preparation. Amidst the candy canes, lights, wreaths and evergreen Christmas trees, trouble was brewing as the candy canes debated over which was the best color for them, red or green.
The Lady Dutch of St. Marys Area High School ran their slate to 5-0 on Monday evening as they handed the Port Allegany Lady Gators a 60-33 setback in a game played at the "Dutch Oven".
The Lady Gators led only once in the ball game, and that was at the start, 2-0. St. Marys used a pressure defense to control the ball game, as they forced the Lady Gators into turnover after turnover, especially during the first half.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team held off the DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals by a 43-39 score last night in an Allegheny Mountain League game played at the DCCHS gym.
The Lady Crusaders took a 20-15 lead at the half, then held on as the Lady Cardinals outscored ECC by a 24-23 margin in the last 16 minutes of play.
â€śThis was a nice win on the road,â€ť said ECCHS coach Ken Pistner.
â€śOur transition game improved tonight and we played good defense, holding Hopkins to nine points,â€ť noted Pistner.
Members of city council approved entering into a right-of-way agreement on Monday evening with Kaul Land Company. Through the agreement, the city will allow Kaul Land Company to cross city-owned land to access property near the St. Marys Airport while, in turn, Kaul Land Company will give, by deed of dedication, a section of property comprising part of Environmental Drive to the city.
According to Mark Jacob, city solicitor, the city and Kaul Land Company have been holding ongoing discussions about the matter for over three years.
With Christmas right around the corner, patrons have been steadily visiting Dostal's Curiosity Shop, a longtime St. Marys business, which features a unique array of both international and local speciality items not found in typical toy or hobby stores. From Russian nesting dolls to Bavarian and German toys to an array of Nativity scenes from around the world, the shop offers items which pique the interest of both children and adults.
Helen J. Metro, 93, of Hartley Manor Assisted Living Community, 10171 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Concord, Ohio, died Monday afternoon, Dec. 20, 2010 at Tri-Point Medical Center in Concord Township, Ohio following a brief illness.
She was born Feb. 26, 1917 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Nicholas and Julia Hartz Lazore. On Nov. 4, 1944, in Holy Rosary Church in Johnsonburg she married John Metro, who preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 1982.
Ruby A. Gray, 76, of River Rd., Weedville, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a recent illness.
She was born June 1, 1934 in Byrnedale, daughter of the late Ray and Angeline (Snyder) Wonderling.
On Oct. 1, 1952, she married Milton H. Gray of Weedville, who survives. Â
Victoria L. â€śVickiâ€ť Caros, age 61, of Johnsonburg, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 at Pinecrest Manor in St. Marys after a short illness.
She was born Sept. 7, 1949 in Brookville, daughter of James Clifford, deceased, and Jeanne (Fredericks) Clifford, who survives, of Daguscahonda.
A homemaker and Catholic by faith, she loved animals and pets.Â She enjoyed volunteering her time to help neighbors and friends, and lived most of her life in the Ridgway and Johnsonburg area.
The Jay Township Supervisors plan to undertake a paving project within the township in the near future, and at their recent meeting approved securing a loan for the project from Northwest Savings Bank.
The supervisors originally discussed the project during their November meeting, at which time they approved advertising for bids for a $150,000 loan.
According to Debbie Leonard, township secretary, bids were received from two area banks, Northwest Savings Bank and First Commonwealth Bank.