June 14th, 2011
Rita Jane Selle, 93, of 651 S. St. Marys Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the UPMC Cranberry Place Skilled Nursing in Cranberry Township after a yearlong battle with cancer.
She was born Oct. 2, 1917 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Englebert and Mary Woelfel Cassady.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Sacred Heart School and was a graduate of St. Benedict's Academy, Class of 1935. She was an employee of the former St. Marys Trust Co. and also was a secretary for the Trambley Law Office.
The St. Marys American Legion Baseball team opened their season Wednesday night with a 6-4 victory over the Bradford Legion at Berwind Park.
â€śI thought the team played well together for their first game of the season,â€ť said St. Marys manager Fran Pasi. â€śBradford hit the ball hard against our pitching.â€ť
Bradford had 11 hits in the contest. Kevin Hoy started on the mound for St. Marys and worked three innings, giving up nine hits and striking out three. Ryan Uhl worked the final four innings, giving up two hits, walking three and striking out seven.
BROCKWAY - The Serra Catholic Eagles ended the Elk County Catholic Crusader season Monday in the first round of the PIAA Class A tournament by an 11-5 score.
The game was played at the Brockway Area High School field.
The Eagles took advantage of a four-run first inning and a five-run sixth inning to record the victory. The Crusaders rallied for three runs in the home half of the seventh, but it was a little too late.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon along Plum Street at the future site of the Bennetts Valley Senior Center.
According to Kevin Wolfel, the general contractor on the project, work on the new facility is expected to begin next week and construction of the 3,300-square-foot facility is expected to take between five and six and a half months. Wolfel has been working as a consultant on the project for the past three years and noted that he is contracted for a seven-month period, though he did not anticipate construction taking that long.
Bill Orzechowski, executive director of the Office of Human Services in Ridgway, addressed the sizable crowd that gathered along Plum Street in Jay Township on Wednesday afternoon for the groundbreaking ceremony for the community's new senior center.
Orzechowski referred to the event as an "exciting day" and "a special day in the life of the Valley and a special day in the life of the Bennetts Valley Senior Center."
He remarked that it was especially noteworthy that a new facility was being constructed with the purpose of being a senior center.
The American Cancer Society Elk County Chapter received the Platinum Award recognizing the organization as the sixth best chapter for income growth in 2009-10 as presented by The Pennsylvania Division, Inc. Income Development.
In 2010 the Relay for Life of Elk County raised just over $81,000, surpassing their goal of $62,000.
Susan Babik of St. Marys, income development specialist for the American Cancer Society's East Central Division, including Elk County, said the organization hopes to raise $86,000.
Elk County Planning Commission Director Matt Quesneberry noted during Wednesday afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bennetts Valley senior center that until recently, he thought heights were his only fear.
"[That was the case] until I was invited to speak here this afternoon, and I realized my second fear was saying 'no' to an under-five-foot senior citizen from the Valley," Quesenberry said of Bennetts Valley Senior Center President Dolores Youngmark.
South St. Marys Street Elementary School teachers recently hosted a Literacy Night Workshop where they provided parents with new ideas to help them utilize early reading strategies with their children.
A total of 13 teachers, including those from kindergarten and first grades, along with a reading specialist, learning support teacher and speech pathologist, gathered with parents inside the school cafeteria where six stations were set up, each focusing on a different topic.
Northwest Savings Bank recently made a donation to the Elk County Sheriff's office on behalf of the women's handgun training program.
"The training program is conducted by a partnership of the Elk County Sheriff's office, the National Rifle Association and the Ridgway Rifle Club," said Elk County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Krieg. "The classes are usually held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall."
The classes are conducted by deputy sheriffs Shawn Geci Sr. and John Gangloff, along with other members of the sheriff's department.
BROCKPORT â€“ Brockport resident Jeff Rhed attended Wednesday's Horton Township Supervisors meeting to request the installation of traffic signs along Shawmut Road after a truck driver pointed a pistol at him in front of his residence.
"I relayed a message to the state police about possibly getting a sign to post that reads that anything over 10,000 pounds has to go 25 miles per hour because those big gas trucks come wheeling down there at 45-50 miles per hour," Rhed said.