July 4th, 2011
RIDGWAY - The Elk County Tea Party hosted its Freedom Rally yesterday morning to a large audience on the steps of the Elk County Courthouse.
Among the many guest speakers were U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5) and State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk).
Floyd C. "Pinky" Herzing, 82, of 1910 Bucktail Trail, St. Marys, died on Monday, July 4, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born April 27, 1929 in St. Marys, a son of the late William and Mary Garbic Herzing.
On November 25, 1950, he married Ethel "Eppie" Schauer Herzing, who survives.
Mr. Herzing was a member of Queen of the World Church, where he also served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was aÂ veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked at Stackpole Carbon for more than 25 years, and also worked for ARCO and Hughes Aircraft.Â
Della Marie Harmon, 92, of West Logan Ave., DuBois, died Sunday, July 3, 2011 at Christ the King Manor.
Born on Nov. 8, 1918 in Blacklick, she was the daughter of the late Daniel L. & Amanda A. (Kinter) Dunlap.
She was married to Paul E. Harmon for 70 years. He survives.
She was a 1937 graduate of Blairsville High School. She had been employed as a beautician in Indiana, Pa., and had worked at the Penn Traffic Company in DuBois. She was also a dog groomer for many years.
Advancing on passed balls played a major role in the St. Marys Little League Softball Minor League All-Stars' 8-4 victory over Brookville on Friday evening. Six of St. Marys' eight runs were the result of passed balls.
Rebekka Bauer worked all six innings for St. Marys, giving up one hit, walking nine and striking out 11. Brookville's Carlie McManigle also went the distance, giving up two hits, walking six and striking out nine.
St. Marys' two hits came on a triple by Josie Smith and a double by Bauer. Brookville's lone hit was a single by Bailey Ganoe in the second inning.
The Punxsutawney 9-10-year-old Little League Baseball all-stars eliminated the St. Marys team Friday night by a 6-4 score in nine innings. The game was played at Memorial Park.
St. Marys finished play in the District 10 South Division Tournament with a 2-2 record.
St. Marys had eight hits in the contest. Jared Groll had a triple and a single while Jesse McKee, Nate Beimel and Alec Wehler each had a double and a single. Ryan Fritz also singled.
The St. Marys Legion baseball team closed out their regular season Thursday night by taking a doubleheader from Fox Township. St. Marys won the first game by a 10-6 score and took the nightcap 6-5.
St. Marys finished regular season play with a 14-1 record, while Fox finished 10-5.
The Elk County Legion League playoffs started Friday night, with Kane going to Bradford. The rest of the league will begin on Tuesday.
The St. Marys Little League Baseball 9-10-year-old all-star squad stayed alive in the District 10 South Division with a 19-3, four-inning victory over Fox Township in an elimination game played at Memorial Park Thursday.
St. Marys will now take on Punxsutawney tonight at 6 p.m. at a site to be determined. Punxsy eliminated Brockway by a 10-0 score in four innings last night.
With increased construction zones in the area and holiday traffic on the rise for the Fourth of July, Pa. State Police officials are hoping for a safe weekend.
"We see an increase in traffic during pretty much any holiday," said Trooper Bruce Morris of the Ridgway-based state police. "The most significant one, believe it or not, is Thanksgiving, as we see an increase in DUIs along that time as well. You have college kids coming back on a break, you have hunters coming in for the deer season, so that's usually the biggest one out of all of them.
Americans lighting up sparklers and enjoying their own backyard fireworks displays in conjunction with this year's Fourth of July national celebration may be relieved to know that even though the use of these products has increased dramatically over the past 35 years, they are the safest they've been since such information has been regularly tracked.
The East Branch Dam Safety Modification Project is moving along. In June, design plans were completed as was approval to begin construction on the $280 million, multi-year project anticipated to have a 2017 finish date.