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June 3rd, 2011

Leuschel pleads guilty to charges related to theft of over $200,000

June 3, 2011

RIDGWAY - Laurene L. Leuschel, 51, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty to the charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, a grade-three felony; and tampering with records or identification, a grade-one misdemeanor, when she appeared before 59th Judicial District Judge Richard Masson in the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse during the morning session of Return Day on Friday. Sentencing in the matter was deferred until after the completion and receipt of a pre-sentence investigation report, which will include a forensic mental health evaluation conducted by Dr. David Webster.

June 2nd

Graphics business holding grand opening Saturday

June 3, 2011

ST. MARYS - Fourth Floor Graphics, which does full-graphic, high-definition signs, banners, vehicle lettering, wraps, guitar skins, shirts and hats, is holding its grand opening Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its location at 106 South Michael St. in downtown St. Marys.
The business is a family affair, owned by Dave Lowe, his father, Wayne, and his brothers, Tim and Scott.
Dave Lowe said the business will offer various services to the area.

Mt. Zion Historical Society receives Seven Seals Award

June 3, 2011

MT. ZION – The Mt. Zion Historical Society was presented the Seven Seals Award on Saturday afternoon during the fifth annual Memorial Day dedication ceremony at Mt. Zion Historic Park.
Master of Ceremonies Richard Coccimiglio explained that the award is "the most prestigious."
"In fact, it is the highest award presented by the ESGR, Employment Services for Guards and Reserves," Coccimiglio said.
Fred Fair, Army Reserve Ambassador, explained that there are about 4,700 volunteers involved with ESGR, acting as go-betweens for employers and employees.

Fox Township residents inquire about dust, sewage problems

June 3, 2011

KERSEY - Visitors at the recent Fox Township Supervisors meeting expressed their concern over a dusty road, raw sewage and the junk ordinance.
Thomas McQuown, owner of a camp on Boone Mountain Road, stated that he has been experiencing dust problems, partially due to vehicles speeding along the road. He requested the township tar and chip the road in order to alleviate the problem, which he said is only going to get worse once the large water trucks travel the road as part of the gas and oil drilling projects.

Fox Supervisors amend parking lot project

June 3, 2011

KERSEY - The Fox Township Supervisors discussed modifications to the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) pertaining to an addition to the Fox Township Senior Center parking lot.
Township secretary Kathie Dowie explained the township was awarded a $68,000 CDBG grant for the project in 2009 which would include paving of a lower lot behind the center, as well as installation of lights and a flight of stairs connecting the lower parking lot to the upper lot which leads to the center.

Shriners conducting annual fundraiser

June 3, 2011

Once again the Pennsylvania Shrine Association is conducting its Hospital Crusade on Friday and Saturday in the area. The crusade benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children, specifically hospitals located in Erie and Philadelphia.
Local Shriners will be collecting donations on both days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at both entrances of Wal-Mart in Fox Twp.; at Save-A-Lot grocery store on Brusselles Street in St. Marys; and at DeLullo's grocery store in Weedville.

Heroes of Air Power honored

June 3, 2011

MT. ZION – When Lt. Gen. Bruce Wright, USAF Ret., took the podium to address the crowd at the fifth annual Memorial Day dedication ceremony at Mt. Zion Historic Park on Saturday afternoon, he asked attendees to imagine that it was currently May of 1942.

Annual Strawberry Festival nears

June 3, 2011

The Elk County Historical Society will be hosting its annual Strawberry Festival on Friday, June 17 from 5-8 p.m.
The festival will be held along Center Street between Elk and Vine streets in Ridgway.
Upon arrival, participants will be given a strawberry shortcake with biscuits made fresh from Joey's Bakery; the strawberries will be provided by Valley Farm Market in Weedville.
“They are grown and picked fresh the day before,” said society director Mary Kalinowski. “And it's a very generous portion of strawberry shortcake with ice cream and whipped cream.”

ECCHS co-valedictorians recollect high school journey

June 3, 2011

Elk County Catholic High School Class of 2011 co-valedictorians Kylie Auman and Michelle Pistner addressed their classmates for the final time on Sunday during the school's annual commencement program.
Auman said the senior class epitomizes the importance of love and support which they have received from one another, school faculty and the community.
"We have generated a genuine sense of caring for each other over the past four years," Auman said.
She added that the class has faced many trials and tribulations over the past year.

Crusaders defend 9-A crown, beat Falcons 4-2

June 3, 2011

BRADFORD - The Elk County Catholic Crusader baseball team successfully defended their District 9 Class A championship Thursday by defeating the Coudersport Falcons by a 4-2 score in a game played at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
All the runs scored in the game came in the fourth inning as ECC scored four in the top half of the inning and the Falcons scored two in the home half of the inning.
“That was another great high school baseball game,” said ECCHS coach Father Eric Vogt. “All the runs came in one inning.”

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