January 12th, 2011
Mary Lou Hammar (nee Gillen), 84, died unexpectedly on Jan. 1, 2011, surrounded by her family.
She was born in St. Marys.
She married John Hammar, who preceded her in death.
She moved to Erie when she married her husband. They retired to Venice, Fla. in the 1990s, and then moved to Naples to be near family.
Willis E. "Bill" Simon, age 82, of 501 High St., Johnsonburg, died suddenly Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 following a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 16, 1928, in Johnsonburg, son of Russell and Helen Myers Simon. On Aug. 7, 1948, he married Lucy Paladino in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg; she survives.
A 1946 Johnsonburg Area High School graduate, he received a degree in instrumentation from the International Correspondence School.
Judith "Judy" A. Smith, 67, of 138 Hemlock Rd., St. Marys, died early Tuesday morning, Jan. 11, 2011 at her residence after a brief illness.
She was born on July 29, 1943, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Norman and Eva Brennen Stauffer.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Elk County Christian High School, Class of 1961. She was a retired employee of Powdered Metal Products.
North Country Kettle Corn, based in Ridgway, has been growing one kernel at a time since Jaime and Diane Leitzel opened the business in the spring of 2009.
The couple came up with the idea of starting a business as a way to alleviate their empty nest syndrome.
They traveled to numerous events around the tri-state area in 2008, seeking out a potential new business venture, eventually deciding on kettle corn.
The St. Marys Public Library has a number of programs and events scheduled over the course of the winter, many of which are geared toward encouraging younger children to read.
February will mark the third consecutive year that the library has collaborated with the Success by Six Program to collect books for children ages six and under.
According to Vicki Miller, the library's director of children's services, the purpose of the program is to get reading materials to preschool children so that they are introduced to books before they begin school.
A capacity home crowd will be cheering Saturday at Heinz Field as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens in a pro football playoff game.
But before the action begins on the field, these same fans will be saluting several Purple Heart recipients-- including Leo "Jerry" Geibel of Kane-- in a pre-game ceremony at the stadium.
"It's a privilege to be part of the Purple Heart ceremony," Geibel said. "I want to thank the Steelers, who made it possible."
A pin by Kevin Hoy at 285 pounds gave the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestlers a hard-fought 39-36 victory over the DuBois Area Beavers last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
Hoy, along with fellow senior Jimmy Antonelli, gave the Dutch the victory when they both recorded pins in the final two bouts of the night as St. Marys trailed 36-27 after the 189-pound match.
â€śThatâ€™s what makes high school wrestling great,â€ť said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra. â€śThat was a great match from a fanâ€™s perspective.
Elk Catholic's Crusaders picked up their seventh win of the season on Tuesday evening as they defeated the visiting Punxsutawney Area Chucks by a 52-33 score in a District 9 League encounter at the Aaron J. Straub gym on the Elk Catholic campus.
Things started out very slowly for the Crusaders, as they were held scoreless in the first five minutes of the game, falling behind 9-2. Then, in the final three minutes of the period, the Crusaders began clicking as they outscored Punxsy 8-2 to get back in the game.
Smith's Sport Store officially closed its doors on Dec. 30, 2010 after 87 years of business in the St. Marys downtown area.
According to owner Jeff Buchheit, the biggest reason for the decision to close the business stemmed from people changing the way they spend their time.
"Hunting has changed dramatically over the course of the last 20 years, but it's been on a fast-paced changed in the last five," Buchheit said.
Members of the St. Marys Area High School Swim and Dive Teams put their teamwork to use during a recent collection drive for the Elk County Humane Society.
"We decided that as a team that we wanted to do something bigger than ourselves this year," said Megan Barber, girls' team co-captain.
The teams solicited donations prior to their Intersquad Meet on Dec. 17. The meet featured swimmers and divers from the high school, as well as junior high members of the Blue Tide team.