March 25th, 2011
The Winter Athletic Awards program honoring the winter sports athletes at Elk County Catholic High School was held on Wednesday evening. The program opened with an invocation by Father Ross Miceli, followed by the welcome by ECC Athletic Club President Chris Schneider. Principal Sandy Florig gave an overview of the program, followed by acknowledgements by Athletic Director Aaron Straub.
The ECC-SMA Alumni Football weekend has been set for Saturday, May 21.
Sign ups for the affair are scheduled for this Sunday, March 27. They will be held from noon until 2 p.m. in the St. Marys Area High School cafeteria. Participants are asked to bring proof of age and health insurance.
This year they are adding baseball and softball as well as a cross country run which will be open to all ages. Sign ups for these events will be held at the same time.
RIDGWAY - Elk County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Richard Masson ruled that due to pre-trial publicity, a jury from outside of Elk County will be chosen to hear the murder case against Lawrence Earl Donachy, 36, of St. Marys.
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will choose the county in which the jurors are to be summoned from.
Donachy is charged in the April 6, 1999 rape and murder of Irene Challingsworth, a 57-year-old St. Marys beautician, after he allegedly broke into her Walnut Street residence.
Recent visitors to the the St. Marys Walmart located in Fox Township are sure to have noticed the remodeling activities taking place. The work began on March 7 and is expected to be completed sometime in May.
The St. Marys Municipal Airport would benefit from refinancing its debt, according to city councilman Dan Hepner. Hepner was appointed to fill a vacancy on the St. Marys Area Airport Authority in January, a term that will run for five years.
"In looking at redoing the city bonds, it is my recommendation that we seriously consider taking the airport debt and refinancing that was part of the bond refinancing," Hepner said. "In other words, pay off the existing debt and then have them become part of the bond indenture. [They would] continue to pay as they do on a monthly basis."
Edward C. "Charlie" Krise, 74, of 72 Erie Ave., St. Marys and formerly of 1200 Million Dollar Highway, Kersey, died on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at UPMC Monteï¬ore Hospital in Pittsburgh following a brief illness.
He was born June 26, 1936 in Ridgway, a son of the late Oden and Christine Bellotti Krise.
Jerome E. Gerg Sr., 81, of 345 Toby Rd., Kersey, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born March 9, 1930 in Dagus Mines, son of the late Gerald and Anna Bauer Gerg.
On Jan. 20, 1955, in Pittsburgh, he married Nancy L. Smail, who preceded him in death on May 25, 2007.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Boniface School. He was a retired employee of Dick Eazor Chevrolet in Brockway.
George Nicholas "Nick" Briggs, 78, of Lynchburg, Va., died Wednesday, March 23, 2011.
He was born Feb. 1, 1933, in Massillon, Ohio, a son of the late William Briggs and Ruby Nell Briggs.
He was husband of the late Sara Henley Briggs for 51 years.
Area residents have probably noticed by now that older trees located on the Diamond were recently removed and replaced with younger, healthier trees. City Councilman Rick Gabler commented briefly on the matter during Monday evening's city council meeting.
Gabler remarked that council members had received e-mails about the plan to remove the trees, an action that was completed earlier this month.
According to a release that was previously issued by the city's Shade Tree Commission, the trees that were removed were a Norway maple and a Red maple.
Patrick Watkavitch, 20, of Weedville, along with 707 fellow Penn State students, succeeded in raising just over $9.5 million for The Four Diamonds Fund, an organization committed to conquering pediatric cancer. Their efforts were all part of the annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.
Affectionately referred to as THON, the event is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, having raised more than $78 million since 1977.