November 18th, 2010
The St. Marys Area High School held their Fall Sports Banquet Wednesday night. The banquet portion of the evening was held in the school cafeteria, with the awards taking place in Carpin Auditorium following a welcome by Terry Straub, SMAHS Activities Director.
The first coach to the podium was golf coach Dan Vollmer. Vollmer recognized his assistant coach, Travis Wendel, while noting that his squad finished with a 3-9 record. He said that there is more to a teamâ€™s success than their record, and that his squad had positive behavior and improved as the season progressed.
After a two and a half hour special budget meeting on Monday evening, members of city council voted 6-1 to approve the adoption of the preliminary budget. The budget will have a tax increase of 1.91 mills.
During Monday evening's meeting, council members trimmed $19,543.10 from the budget, reducing it by nine tenths of a mill. Of the $19,543.10, $13,843.10 came from the elimination of a proposed three percent wage increase for management employees. The remainder of the cuts were made to various budget line items.
The Jay Township Supervisors approved a variety of ordinances and other old business items during their Thursday evening meeting.
A motion was approved to display the proposed 2011 budget at the municipal building for a 30-day review period. The 2011 budget shows the township income at $535,053, with expenses totaling $495,250.
The board chose to continue with the current nuisance ordinance, which was enacted within the township in 1992.
Robert J. "Bob" Lucanik, 75, of 401 West Theresia Rd., St. Marys, died early Wednesday morning, Nov. 17, 2010 at his home following a short illness.
He was born Jan. 6, 1935 in St. Marys, a son of the late George and Mary Resko Lucanik.
On June 8, 1968 in St. Marys, he married Rose Nussbaum Lucanik, who survives.
Gloria Zebker Curtis Schaffer of New York City died on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 in New York City.
She was born on Feb. 26, 1933, in Emporium, daughter of the late Pauline Wheaton Zebker. She married Hyman Schaffer, who survives.
Patricia A. Larkin, 78, of DuBois, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at the DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born April 28, 1932 in Emporium, daughter of the late Alfred and Veronica (Orsy) Mitcheltree.
In 1949, she married Charles W. Larkin, who preceded her in death in 1974.
She was raised in Driftwood and lived in several local communities, including, Emporium, Johnsonburg, St. Marys, Ridgway and most recently DuBois.Â She was a homemaker who enjoyed her time with her family and grandchildren, and especially enjoyed having dinner out with her family.
Faye E. Parziale Buck, 85, of St. Paul, Minn., died Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.
She was born Jan. 6, 1925 in Weedville, daughter of the late Ralph Parziale and Mary Louise Cimenari Parziale Scarzo.
She had resided in St. Paul since 1953. She made numerous trips to Pennsylvania over the years to visit family and friends.
She was affiliated with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul for 35 years.
Dormilee Ellen Feustel, 78, born and raised in Ridgway, died Monday, Nov. 15 at Conestoga View in Lancaster, under hospice care. She resided with her daughter, Cheryl Keener, for many years in East Petersburg until October 2010 after a terminal illness.
She was a member of the Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ in Mountsville. She had many musical accomplishments, including singing for many weddings. One of her favorite recognitions was directing and starring as the Mother Abbess in "The Sound of Music" in November 1969 as part of the Footlighters Theater Group of Elk County.
RIDGWAY - On Monday, arguments were heard by Judge Richard A. Masson, president Judge of the Elk County Court of Common Pleas, pertaining to a motion to move the homicide trial of Lawrence Earl Donachy Jr., 35, outside of Elk County.
Donachyâ€™s defense attorneys, Shawn McMahon and George Daghir, cited pre-trial publicity as their reason for filing the motion.
Donachy is charged in the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a 57-year-old St. Marys beautician, after he allegedly broke into her Walnut Street residence.
The Elk County Commissioners awarded the Recovery Zone Bonds Tuesday to Precision Compacted Components, Inc. [PCC] of Wilcox and Unique Venture Group of St. Marys for the building of a restaurant in downtown St. Marys.
In June 2009, the U.S. Treasury Department announced $25 billion in bonds authority available under the Recovery Zone Bonds program. The effort is geared towards areas "particularly affected by job loss and will help local governments obtain financing for much-needed economic development projects, such as public infrastructure development."