March 29th, 2011
Vincent Drago, 102, of Portland Mills Road, Ridgway, and formerly of St. Louis, Missouri, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Elk Regional Health Center after complications from pneumonia.
He was born in Palermo, Sicily on Jan. 1, 1909, son of the late Luigi and Mattia Calamia Drago.
Long-time Elk County Solid Waste Authority member Wendell Lion announced his resignation from the group during its monthly meeting Tuesday afternoon. Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner indicated that Lion, a resident of St. Marys, has served on the board for over 20 years.
For his part, Lion attributed his age as the major reason behind his resignation.
The cast and crew of the St. Marys Area High School's musical, "Beauty and the Beast," are putting the finishing touches on a "tale as old as time." The first performance will take place on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
Additional show times of the Disney production are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evening, also at 7 p.m, inside the high school's Carpin Auditorium. A special Saturday matinee is being held at 2 p.m., where any child under the age of 12 dressing as a Disney character will receive half off their ticket cost.
The committee of City Solicitor Mark Jacob, St. Marys Planning Commission member Matt Quesenberry, City Zoning Officer Matt Pfeufer and City Councilman Dan Hepner presented recommendations regarding how the city can move forward to regulate future oil and gas drilling in certain areas of the city to a joint meeting of city council and the planning commission on Tuesday evening.
The committee came up with the following recommendations:
The Elk County Conservation District recently received two grants to help fund the Elk County Monitoring Project.
The district received a grant for $146,000 from the Colcom Foundation and $65,000 from the Stackpole Hall Foundation.
The monitoring project is designed to keep an eye on stream conditions in the wake of the Marcellus Shale drilling. The total project cost for the 4-year program is estimated at $329,330.
A recent blood and bone marrow registry drive held in honor of Penfield resident George "Pizza" Pirraglia was so successful that another event has been scheduled for April. The upcoming blood and bone marrow registry drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the Grange building in Penfield. As before, it is being organized by the American Red Cross; DKMS Bone Marrow Center; Hahne Regional Medical Center; DuBois Regional Medical Center; and friends of Pirraglia.
The St. Marys Area track and field squads will be looking for improvement as the season progresses for both the Lady Dutch and Dutch squads.
Lady Dutch head coach Jamie Caskey feels that the strength of her team will be the veteran athletes.
â€śWe have several school record holders on our team still. The record-holding girlsâ€™ 4x800m relay has not lost any members. We hope to keep improving on what we started last year,â€ť Caskey said.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch tennis team will rely on their experience during the 2011 tennis season.
Head coach Sue Lepovetsky returns 10 letter winners from a team that captured the District 9 Class AA championship in 2010.
The returning letter winners include seniors Nathan Hansen, Brandon Romain, Keith Meyer, Dylan Wiesner, Brandon Orr, Michael Brennen and Nick Keller, juniors Michael Fox and Evan Lepovetsky and sophomore Dalton Gennocro.
According to Coach Lepovetsky, â€śHaving everyone back except for one person is one of our strengths. We have an experienced group.â€ť
The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch softball team has six letter winners returning to form the nucleus of the 2011 squad.
The Lady Dutch, who won the District 9 Class AA title last year, will be competing for the Class AAA title this season.
â€śWe are returning our pitching staff from last year and also return six varsity letter winners from last year. We have a good core group returning and our coaching staff has now been together for a couple of years, and that is key to sustaining the growth of the program,â€ť said St. Marys head coach Manny Gerarge.
The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch baseball team returns a strong corps of seniors and letter winners to form the nucleus of their 2011 season.
â€śOur strengths would be our senior leadership and the past experience of these players. They have championship game experience and know how to win big games,â€ť said Dutch head coach Tony Azzato.
The returning letter winners for the Dutch are seniors Nate Geist, Kevin Hoy, Luke Nicklas, Jordan Weinzierl, Bob Vollmer, Ryan Uhl and Rocco Harshbarger and junior Justin Quiggle.
Coach Azzato feels that a question mark for his team will be pitching.