October 21st, 2011
Helpings Hands of St. Marys will again partner with Wreaths Across America and area organizations to honor deceased veterans by placing wreaths on
their graves during the holiday season, but this year, there are a few changes to the program that area residents should be aware of.
Now in its fourth year locally, the program allows area residents to purchase wreaths to place on the graves of loved ones and even strangers in local cemeteries who
have served their country. Dolly Wehler of Helping Hands said due to some mix-ups in the past, this year only the wreaths ordered for
Sergeant Philip G. Hoh officially retired from the City of St. Marys Police Department on Sept. 1, 2011, marking 27 years of distinguished service to the citizens of St. Marys. In addition, Hoh had worked for five years in another police department.
Hoh was honored for his years of service during the St. Marys City Council meeting on Oct. 17, when he was presented a plaque by St. Marys Police Chief Todd Caltagarone and received a retirement police badge, as well as a Pa. Senate citation from state Sen. Joe Scarnati.
The Elk County Humane Society is looking for a permanent home for a 7-year-old horse named Smokey. The Humane Society was awarded custody of three horses, including Smokey, in December 2009 following a cruelty case in Elk County. Having already placed the other two, Smokey is the last of the three remaining at a foster farm.
Smokey is a 7-year-old male gelding. He is a Haflinger cross-breed that stands 15 hands high, meaning it is 60 inches, or five feet, to the top of his back. He has a palomino golden coloring with a flaxen tail.
St. Marys Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coordinator Tina Gradizzi explained three projects during Monday's city council meeting, including the demolition of a city building and grant submissions for the D.A.R.E. program and Elk Creek Park to the Stackpole Hall Foundation.
At the meeting, council approved a bid for the demolition of the former Howell Building located on the corner of North St. Marys and Center streets. A total of five bid packages were picked up, with two official bids received.
RIMERSBURG - The Union Golden Knights handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen a 25-7 Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference setback last night at Rimersburg.
The Dutchmen found themselves down 19-0 at the half and were not able to get out of the hole in the second half.
â€śI give Union all the credit. They outplayed us in every facet. They were well-coached and well-prepared,â€ť said St. Marys coach Joe Schlimm.
â€śWe didnâ€™t handle adversity early in the ball game. We had to play catch-up and weâ€™re not very good at that game,â€ť he added.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders were dealt a tough 38-6 loss by the Curwensville Golden Tide during a cold, wet and muddy contest at Dutch Country Stadium in St. Marys on Friday evening. The Crusaders' lone touchdown came in the middle of the third quarter after the Golden Tide had already built a 30-point lead.
Thomas A. Herbstritt, 81, of 106 Catalina Road, St. Marys, died on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at his home following an illness of the past seven months.
He was born March 12, 1930 in St. Marys, son of the late Floyd C. and Catherine Cheatle Herbstritt. On Oct. 25, 1952, in Byrnedale, he married Mary J. Snelick, who survives.
Charles J. "Pooch" Cunningham, 68, of Elk Haven Nursing Home, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 at the Elk Regional Health Center.
Cunningham was born Dec. 2, 1942 in St. Marys, son of the late Charles and Angela Simbeck Cunningham.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1960. He was retired employee of the Keystone Carbon Company, retiring in 2004 after 40 years of service.
Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys, has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 5-6, 1999 homicide of Irene Challingsworth, a 56-year-old St. Marys beautician.
Area veterans and citizens stood at the Bucktail Plaza in St. Marys on a cold and rainy Thursday afternoon to pay their respects to United States Air Force Major Thomas Clark, an Emporium native shot down by enemy fire over Laos in February 1969, as he was escorted home to Emporium for a public visitation, funeral services and interment.