April 8th, 2012
In a 2-1 vote, the Fox Township Supervisors approved an investment ordinance for the township which would set aside funds in a savings account.
Of the three supervisors, Randy Gradizzi cast the opposing vote, while Supervisor Chairman Mike Keller and Dave Mattiuz voted to adopt the ordinance.
Resident Cheryl Ruffner said while she commended the supervisors on establishing an investment ordinance, she believes the ordinance is a bit "loose and could be more stringent."
Keller agreed with Ruffner but noted that having something is better than nothing.
It may have been a bit cool on Saturday morning, but the sunny weather still resulted in a good turnout for this yearâ€™s Bunny Hop 5K walk/run at Benzinger Park. The second annual event was the result of efforts by Taylor and Carly Frank and Michael, Daniel, and Rachael Paladino to raise money for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
â€śIt was definitely better weather [this year] and I think we might have had more people,â€ť said Taylor Frank prior to the 5K run.
Pip, the 19-year-old son of St. Marys native Jim Arnold, is set to once again appear on NBC's "The Voice" tonight, this time in a live show that will require people to vote to prevent him from being eliminated.
Audrey E. Dwyer, age 90, of Penn Street, Johnsonburg, died Sunday, April 8, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness.
She was born July 24, 1921 in Kane, daughter of the late Edward and Frances (Wold) Kranking. She married Daniel A. Dwyer on June 27, 1953; he preceded her in death Oct. 2, 1994.
A 1939 graduate of Johnsonburg High School, she worked at Indiantown Gap military base during WWII and also worked many years with the Ubel Fashion Shop, Furniture Store and Funeral Home.
An online method of paying court fees using credit and debit cards is being called a success by court administrators who credit it with improving efficiency and contributing to higher collection levels.
According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), any traffic tickets, court-ordered fines, costs, and restitution issued anywhere in Pa. can now be paid using the online E-Pay system. The system was expanded from Common Pleas courts to all magisterial courts, phased in between April 2010 and December 2011.
A sure sign of spring's arrival is seeing bunnies hopping about, as is the case at Bucktail Bunnies, a local rabbitry owned by Cindy Wingard of St. Marys.
Having been born on a farm, Wingard has raised rabbits since she was a child. Today her hobby has turned into a barn full of 30 rabbits which she breeds annually.
According to Wingard, she started her rabbit-raising hobby again after her two children, Amy and Travis, were grown.
Janice J. Casolo, 76, of 502 Dewey St., Ridgway, died, Wednesday, April 5, 2012 at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born Aug. 16, 1935, in Ridgway, the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn Wilson Papa. She married Joseph M. Casolo, who predeceased her on Jan. 24, 2005.
Mrs. Casolo was a lifelong Ridgway resident. She was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church. She was an active member of the Ridgway Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed reading, quilting, and being with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She retired from Quality Components after 38 years of service.
A request from the Benzinger Township Golf Authority for St. Marys City Council to approve a loan guarantee for the organization was recently approved.
Benzinger Township Golf Authority Chairman Herb Straub appeared before council at Monday's meeting to answer several questions council members posed to the authority. Also in attendance at the meeting from the authority were members Bill Bauer, Steve Bagley and John Dippold.
With administration of the PSSAs at the halfway point in the St. Marys Area School District, district Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Joe Collins discussed the academic atmosphere surrounding the first half of the examination process.
"The kids are working hard; from what I've heard from administrators, spirits are up, the kids are confident," Collins said.
Alvin L. Hoffman, 79, of 628 S. Michael St., St. Marys, died Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Pinecrest Manor following an illness of the past several months.
He was born Aug. 3, 1932, in St. Marys, son of the late Anthony and Marie Sporner Hoffman.
On July 20, 1957, in Brookville, he married Anna M. Allegretto, who survives.
Mr. Hoffman was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. He was a retired employee of Carbone of America, retiring in 1995.