Jeanette Donachy, president of the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township, commented on the recent activities of the society during the groupâ€™s 48th annual banquet held Sunday evening at the Diamond View Restaurant. The banquet commemorated the founding of Sancta Marienstadt on Dec. 8, 1842.
Donachy began by remarking that she was glad those in attendance could make it despite the weather conditions.
The Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and during the organizationâ€™s 48th annual banquet on Sunday night, members paid tribute to the societyâ€™s founder, Charles "Charlie" Schaut. The event marked the 129th anniversary of Schautâ€™s birth.
Bill Conrad, banquet emcee, said Schaut provided an invaluable contribution to area residents.
Robin L. Meyer, 39, of 152 Jackson Rd., St. Marys, died Friday morning, Dec. 3, 2010, at her home after a lengthy illness.
She was born June 17, 1971 in St. Marys, daughter of James Schatz of St. Marys and Linda Bush Smith of St. Marys.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1989. She was a part owner of Elk County Rustic Furniture.
On July 9, 1993, in St. Marys, she married Jude F. Meyer and he survives.
John G. Mattiuz, 67, of 105 Scotland St., Dagus Mines, died Wednesday evening, Dec. 1, 2010, at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born June 17, 1943, in Ridgway, son of the late John M. and Mary G. Zuccolotto Mattiuz.
On Nov. 30, 1963, in the Holy Cross Church in Brandy Camp, he married Mary Jean Kline, who survives.
RIDGWAY â€“ Unconfirmed reports received Friday morning indicate that Elk County officials may elect to relocate the county's 911 Center from its current location along Boot Jack Road to the Industrial Technical Education Center [ITEC] facility along Montmorenci Road.
The Fox Township Supervisors discussed Marcellus gas drilling in the township during their recent meeting and according to supervisor Mike Keller, the township is in the preliminary stages of working on a zoning ordinance to help place restrictions on future drilling in the township.
Responding to a question from an area resident regarding the number of Marcellus wells in the Boone Mountain area, Supervisor Randy Gradizzi stated that he believed there are about 27 more wells scheduled to be drilled in that area.
Keller added that the drilling is not going to go away.
Santa and Mrs. Claus kicked off Light Up Night in Kersey on Friday evening as they arrived in style at the Fox Township Community Park inside a colorful pick-up truck painted in the holiday colors of white with red and green stripes. The truck was situated on a trailer pulled by Dick Cooneyâ€™s Peterbilt logging truck. The Grinch kept an eye on the festivities as he was perched on the back of the trailer. Youngsters had the opportunity to visit with the Clauses, as Santaâ€™s elves distributed bags filled with candy, a coloring book and other goodies.
State Rep. Matt Gabler presented Dickinson Mental Health Center (DMHC) yesterday morning with an award from the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the Standards for Excellence certification program.
â€śThis is a rigorous certification to obtain,â€ť Gabler said.
DMHC participated in a voluntary peer review by PANO which examined the organization for compliance with its Standards for Excellence; An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.
St. Marys Area School District Superintendent Ann Kearney addressed budget concerns during Thursday eveningâ€™s SMASD Board of Directors workshop.
â€śWe are beginning the preparation for the 2011-12 budget with extreme caution due to the continued economic concerns of the area, the state, the nation and for that matter the world,â€ť Kearney said. â€śWith the medial warning of the state education budget cuts that could be broad and deep, Cindy FinGado and I have set forth the timeline for our budget development. We have just completed our 2009-10 audit.â€ť
Bekki Titchner, recycling and solid waste coordinator, recently discussed with members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority the need for volunteers at the Community Recycling Center.
"We've been extremely busy [at the Community Recycling Center] and it's to the point where we'll probably have to really sit down and discuss how we want to handle the future. There was like three days when it was slow, that was when we first opened, and then it hasn't been slow since," Titchner said.