July 13th, 2011
The annual mock emergency drill at the St. Marys Community Pool that took place Wednesday afternoon went well, according to pool manager Gregory L. Snelick.
Each year, Snelick and members of the St. Marys Area Ambulance Service coordinate a mock 911 call and drill to better prepare pool lifeguards in the execution of emergency procedures.
Snelick said pools and surrounding areas can be dangerous in any location, even under close supervision, and it only takes a second for someone to be in trouble.
"The purpose of the drill is to look for areas that need to be improved," Snelick said.
Lillian Maculata Finno, 87, of 1647 Silver Creek Rd., Johnsonburg, died on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at her residence following a lengthy illness.
She was born Oct. 8, 1924, the daughter of the late Carmen and Immaculata DiNophrio Finno.
She resided in Johnsonburg her entire life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1941.
She was a member of the Holy Rosary Church. Her hobbies were cooking and baking and she enjoyed sharing with all her friends. She loved people and animals. She devoted much of her free time to volunteering in causes she thought would be beneficial to society.
Gilbert A. Sorg, 97, of 160 Wehler Road, St. Marys, died on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a short illness.
He was born January 3, 1914 in St. Marys, a son of the late Michael and Mary Dendorfer Sorg.
On March 2, 1942 in Sacred Heart Church, he married the late Mary Bon Sorg, who preceded him in death on January 15, 1994.
A recent inspection by state officials found Elk Haven Nursing Home below the state industry average in the number of deficiencies found, a positive result following the completion of an annual weeklong standards survey conducted at the facility in late May.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg Municipal Authority member Ed Gapinski updated borough council members Monday on the status of the water sales agreement with the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company.
The agreement for the municipal authority to sell the Hunt Marcellus Operating Company up to 157,000 gallons of water per day was put on hold last month by the state Department of Environmental Protection [DEP].
"We are in trouble with DEP," Gapinski said. "We have outstanding VOCs [Violations of Compliance]. We have a control panel that should be installed at Silver Creek right now."
The Central PA 4th Fest continues to draw a massive crowd to their annual celebration, all of which is centered around a 43-minute spectacular fireworks display touted as the one of the top three in the U.S., behind New York City and Boston.
"We're extremely pleased and happy with the turnout. Things fell in place wonderfully. We were blessed with good weather, the crowds came out and overall had a wonderful day," said 4th Fest Executive Director Bernie Keisling. "It was great to see all the families walking around. Mission accomplished."
Andrew Merle Johnston, 93, of State Park Road, Penfield, died Sunday, July 10, 2011 at the DuBois Nursing Home after a short illness.
He was born April 29, 1918 in Penfield, son of the late Frank and Annie (Colby) Johnston.
He married Betty F. (Lowstetter), who predeceased him in 1992.
He lived all of his life in Penfield. He was a graduate of Penfield High School and served in the Army during WWII from 1943 to 1945.
He was the founder of Andy Johnston Nursery and a member of the Home Camp United Methodist Church.Â He enjoyed racing, hunting, snowmobiling, and sitting on his porch.
Former St. Marys resident Jenn Steele, now a resident of Titusville, Fla., submitted several photos of the final NASA space shuttle mission as the space shuttle Atlantis lifted off on Friday, July 8. An estimated one million spectators gathered along Florida's space coast to witness the epic event. Due to overcast skies, many spectators only witnessed about 10 seconds of the launch before the shuttle disappeared into the clouds. Emotions ran high as the 30-year program marked an end of an era commemorating the 135th flight in the space shuttle program.
Ruth Pistner, 94, of 817 Million Dollar Highway, St. Marys, died Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a brief illness.
She was born Feb. 15, 1917, in Force, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Agnes Shortt Cook. On Sept. 27, 1943, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Joseph G. Pistner, who preceded her in death on Sept. 24, 1990.
Ronald J. Salvetto, 56, formerly of 566 Rock St., Ridgway, died Saturday morning, July 9, 2011, at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
He was born Jan. 15, 1955 in DuBois, son of Pauline A. Salvetto and the late James J. Salvetto.
He had resided in Ridgway for many years and was a former Erie resident. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Ridgway High School, Class of 1973, and had attended Penn State. He had been employed by the Gertrude Barber Center in Erie for 10 years and Hamot Medical Center in Erie for 14 years.