August 22nd, 2011
A number of studies have shown that having a pet can help lower a person's stress and improve their mental health outlook. One form of therapy that has been in existence for some time, but is new to the area, uses dogs in a therapeutic setting to assist clients in achieving mental health goals.
The First United Methodist Church's newly constructed pavilion is located on an immaculate, arboreal, 13-acre property just off of South Michael Road in St. Marys.
The pavilion, which will be available for rental to the public, can seat between 260 and 275 people and includes a stone fireplace, kitchen, handicap-accessible restrooms, a two-stall indoor garage, parking lot, utility room and electric outlets.
Ernest T. Oldani, 72, of Ridgway, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born April 17, 1939 in Coal Hollow, son of the late Tanny and Bruna Pelleschi Oldani.
He married Marion A. Mendat, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a 1957 graduate of Ridgway Area High School. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, Ridgway Elks and Kersey Eagles. He was employed for 42 years at Powder Metal Products, Inc. in St. Marys as a machinist/foreman.
Anthony "Tony" Moscatello, 86, died Monday, August 8, 2011, at his home in Astoria, N.Y.
He was born September 18, 1924 in New York, N.Y., and later moved to Astoria, N.Y., where he resided all his life.
On September 10, 1949, he married Angeline Caggiano Moscatello at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Ridgway. She preceded him in death on April 10, 2007.
Tony and Angie made frequent trips to Ridgway to visit friends and relatives.
A memorial tree was planted Sunday at the Kane Armory along Chestnut Street to honor Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen, a Kane native who was killed July 18 while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
A bronze plaque honoring the soldier was installed at the base of the tree.
"The tree is something that will always remind us of him," Lt. Drew Campbell said during the ceremony. "We wanted to do something unique because he was unique. His life may have ended, but the tree will continue to grow in his memory."
A parking committee consisting of city councilmen Bob Roberts and Steve Skok and City Manager Dave Greene recently held its second meeting with area residents to discuss proposed changes to parking in the downtown area as the parking garage being constructed downtown is nearing completion.
Raymond A. Feldbauer, 74, of 250 Euclid Avenue, Ridgway, died Friday, August 19, 2011 at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born November 10, 1936 in St. Marys. On March 28, 1959, in St. Marys, he married Judith Rouqez, who preceded him in death in 1975. On February 21, 1976, in the St. Mary's Church, he married Ann Ehrensberger, who survives.
Mary E. Stahli, 83, of Worrall Street, Wilcox, died at home Saturday, August 20, 2011 after a lengthy illness.
She was born May 5, 1928 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Francis P. and Maude (Fellows) McCabe. On March 17, 1949, she married Harold Stahli, who preceded her in death on August 16, 1987.
She lived all her life in Johnsonburg and Wilcox and was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School. She was employed by Stackpole Carbon of Johnsonburg for many years and the Grant House of Wilcox.
Roger A. â€śBuckyâ€ť Taylor, 59, of 222 Lawrence Street, St. Marys, died Friday, August 19, 2011 at Elk Regional Health Center following a brief illness.
He was born July 29, 1952 in St. Marys, son of the late Kenneth Taylor and Anna Kematick Taylor of St. Marys, who survives. On October 5, 2002, in the St. Boniface Church, he married Cindy Rigard, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area, was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1970, and graduated from Jeff Tech in 1988. He was a former employee of the Stackpole Carbon Co. and Metaldyne.
At Thursday's meeting of the Jay Township Supervisors, both residents and officials shared their growing frustration and anxiety over a recent spate of theft and vandalism involving traffic and street signs.
Supervisor Murray K. Lilley said the theft of signage is costing the township a fortune. He estimated the cost of replacing a single stolen or vandalized sign at $250.