March 7th, 2011
Although falling short of its goal, the St. Marys Area United Way has succeeded in raising $198,000 as part of its 2010 campaign efforts.
"Getting to our goal would have been ideal, but the fact that we are able to fund our agencies at the level we raised is gratifying," emphasized Sherron McGowan, executive director. "Our whole mission is to allocate additional funding to the agencies."
According to McGowan, the organization chose to raise this year's campaign goal to $205,000 after seeing signs the economy was picking up.
Ridgway Borough Police Officer and part-time Elk County Sheriff's Department Deputy Shawn Geci was recently handed a 30-day suspension without pay from borough council.
The suspension comes while Geci is appealing a Jan. 20 ruling by Cameron County District Judge Alvin Brown, who found the officer guilty of two gaming law violations which supposedly occurred Dec. 3, 2010.
According to Ridgway mayor Guillermo Udarbe, borough officials and council were aware of Geci's appeal when it voted to slap him with a 30-day suspension without pay.
Thomas Alvin Terwilliger, 82, of 19 Hiram St., Brookville, died Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Veterans Hospital in Oakland.
He was born December 5, 1928 in Cadogan Township, son of the late Homer and Mildred Bortz Terwilliger.
He had made his home with Judith Baumgratz for many years. She preceded him in death in 1997.
He was Methodist by faith and enjoyed hunting, camping and especially fishing as well as spending time with his family.
He had been employed at Stackpole Carbon as a die setter. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean War.
Florence L. Steis, 88, of Miamisburg, Ohio, died Friday, March 4, 2011 at her residence under the care of Hospice of Dayton.
She was born Sept. 12, 1922 in Brandy Camp, the daughter of Gelindo and Julia Castina Benigni.
She was a former resident of Brandy Camp and Coraopolis.
CLARION - The Lady Dutch of St. Marys Area High School went scoreless in the third period of their District 9-AAA Championship game with Bradford, but then rallied for a 23-8 advantage in the final period to defeat the Lady Owls by a 53-37 score for their fourth straight District 9-AAA championship at Clarion University on Saturday afternoon.
CLARION - The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball team captured the 2010-11 District 9 Class AAA basketball championship Saturday with a 49-37 victory over the Bradford Owls in a game played at the Waldo Tippin Gymnasium at Clarion University.
CLARION - The Elk County Catholic Crusaders used an 11-0 third-quarter run to defeat the Union Knights by a 51-39 score in the District 9 Class A championship game played at Waldo Tippin Gymnasium at Clarion University Saturday night.
The first half of Saturdayâ€™s title game was an extremely low-scoring affair. Elk led 3-2 after the first eight minutes of play and 11-9 at the half.
The third period was the difference in the contest, as the Crusaders outscored the Knights 24-14 to open a 12-point lead, 35-23, with eight minutes remaining.
CLARION - The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders earned the District 9-A third spot in the PIAA playoffs on Saturday as they defeated the Clarion Lady Bobcats by a 42-34 score in the 9-A consolation game at Clarion University.
Elk County Catholic's defensive effort can be attributed to the victory, as they held the Clarion girls to just 34 points. Elk's offense once again struggled as they shot a very poor percentage from the field at 10 of 58 (a little over 17 percent).
The St. Marys Area gymnastics team competed at the PA Classic Gymnastics Team Championship Friday and Saturday. The event was held at Chambersburg.
The Dutch squad placed second in the bronze division with 125.576 points. Altoona won the division with a total of 128.183 points, followed by St. Marys, Hanover 115.817 and DuBois 115.659.
The St. Marys squad was bumped to the bronze division and was seeded first in this division.
â€śAlthough we ended up being down a team member, the team did a nice job trying to keep up the momentum,â€ť said St. Marys coach Irene McCandless.
Ronald Jones Stewart, 94, of Main Street, Brockway, died Sunday, March 6, 2011 at his residence.
Born on May 29, 1916, in Brockway, he was the son of the late William A. Stewart, Jr. and Mary I. (Jones) Stewart.
He was a veteran of the both the United States Army and the United States Navy, serving during World War II. He was retired from the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He is survived by a sister, Alberta Watters of York.
He was preceded in death by his parents and numerous siblings.