March 13th, 2011
While many area residents may be wondering when the early spring predicted by Punxsutawney Phil is going to arrive, almost 200 area women were able to beat the winter blues on Sunday afternoon as they gathered in the cafeteria at Elk County Catholic High School for the ninth annual Women's Winterfest.
Women's Winterfest Chairperson Chrissie Schneider indicated that approximately 180 women were at this year's event, which also featured nine differently themed tables hosted by an individual or group.
Event organizer Sue Shick and others are preparing for the Third Annual Preparedness Fair, scheduled for Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1159 Shelvey Summit Rd.
The opening speaker this year is Oak Norton, who served in the U.S. Army and Air Force for 24 years as an intelligence officer.
As an extension of the Christmas in Kentucky program, Laura Kuntz of St. Marys is requesting any donations of prom gowns, wedding dresses and accessories to distribute to needy girls in poverty-stricken Beatyville, KY.
"I used to hear of high school girls that wanted to attend the prom but couldn't afford a dress to go, so I would make purchases here and send them down," said Kuntz, a kindergarten teacher at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School. "The need became so overwhelming that I began the gown collection."
Henry P. â€śHineyâ€ť Jesberger, 93, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of 185 Center St., Elk Towers, St. Marys, died Sunday morning, March 13, 2011 at the Elk Haven Nursing Home after a brief illness.
He was born March 21, 1917 in St. Marys, son of the late Fred and Clara Wehler Jesberger.
On June 30, 1945, in the St. Maryâ€™s Church in Erie, he married Mary C. Burdick, who preceded him in death on Nov. 23, 1999. They enjoyed 54 years of marriage.
Richard C. James, 69, of Stow, Ohio, and formerly of Kersey, died on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio following a short illness.
He was born March 2, 1942 in St. Marys, a son of the late Carl R. and Marie Klausman James.
Linda A. (Gordon) DeSalve, 56, of DeSalve Road, Penfield, died at her home on Saturday, March 12, 2011.
She was born April 22, 1954 in Philadelphia, daughter of the late William and Margaretta (Gill) Gordon. On July 15, 1972 she married Lon A. DeSalve Sr., who survives.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, she lived in Ridgway from 1969 through 1972, and spent the remainder of her life in Penfield. She was a graduate of Ridgway High School, Class of 1972.
Elk Regional Health Center celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art Women's Imaging Center during an open house held Thursday afternoon.
An assortment of services is offered inside the suite, including digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound and DEXA highly accurate painless bone density scans.
A professional and social organization for area nurses is looking for new members. The St. Marys Nurses Study Club has been in existence since 1940, and is comprised of active and retired nurses who are or have been employed by local hospitals, doctor's offices, home health services, nursing homes, state health services, the Peace Corps, schools and other organizations.
"The object of the club is to promote interest in the study of medical topics and nursing problems and to provide social entertainment and recreation for members of the group," said current club president Bev Rucki.
Crystal Fire Department Fire Chief Bill Kraus recently released the 2010 Annual Fire Report for the City of St. Marys and provided the information to members of city council earlier this week.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney reviewed the district's anticipated expenditures for the 2011-12 school year during Monday's school board workshop.
Kearney noted that after reviewing the governor's proposed budget on Tuesday, she was unhappy with the figures; however, she emphasized St. Marys Area School District is right on target with its proposed budget. For 2011-12, the district projects that its expenditures will total $23.3 million.