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January 13th, 2011

Killer of pregnant woman is sentenced to life in prison

January 14, 2011

SMETHPORT -- "He'll die a captive."
That's how McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn described the fate of Thomas Paul Haggie, who was sentenced Thursday to two "consecutive" life terms in state prison for the 2009 Bradford murder of a 21-year-old woman and her unborn son.
Learn said the sentence, which was handed down by McKean County President Judge John Pavlock during a 12-minute proceeding at the county courthouse, is "a
fitting end to this case."

William "Bill" Eugene Pitzer

January 14, 2011

William "Bill" Eugene Pitzer, 84, died on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at his home in Morehead City, N.C., surrounded by people that loved him.
Born May 25, 1926, he was raised in Cumberland, Md. In his adult years, he lived in St. Marys, where he raised his family and practiced chiropractic for more than 35 years.
In retirement he moved to Saint Michael's, Md., and finally settled in Morehead City in July 2009 to be closer to his children.

Arthur Osmer

January 14, 2011

Arthur Osmer, 73, of 215 Birch St., Kane, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 at the Cleveland Clinic.
He was born Jan. 30, 1937, in Kane, the son of Arthur and Helen Gerarge Osmer.
On Sept. 5, 2009, in Kane, he married Nancy DeCecchis, who survives.
He had been employed by Coca-Cola in Bradford for 25 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW in Coudersport. He served in the U.S. Marines.

Francis M. Gerber

January 14, 2011

Francis M. Gerber, 88, of 188 Wehler Rd., St. Marys, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011.
He was born Feb. 1, 1922 in St. Marys, a son of the late Bernard and Theresa Wendel Gerber.
On Aug. 24, 1944 in St. Joseph Church in Force, he married the late Mary L. Parziale Gerber, who preceded him in death on Jan. 28, 2005.

SMA swim teams sweep Brookville squads

January 14, 2011

ST. MARYS - The St. Marys Area High School Swim and Dive Team held their 2011 home opener on Thursday night against the Brookville Raiders. The Dutch and Lady Dutch squads won their meets, raising their records to 2-0 for the season.

Dutch wrestlers down short-handed Rams 63-8

January 14, 2011

The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestling team raised their record to 5-4 with a 63-8 victory over the short-handed Johnsonburg Rams.
The Dutchmen won nine matches by forfeit: picking up forfeit wins were Evan Smith at 119 pounds, Alex Coudriet at 125, Darren Lyon at 135, Alex Feldbauer at 140, Joe McLaughlin at 189, Jimmy Antonelli at 215, Kevin Hoy at 285, Damien Wensel at 103 and Trenton Bowers at 112 pounds.
In wrestling action, Jesse Wolfe of the Rams recorded a 15-0 technical over Bill Gabor at the 2:42 mark of their 130-pound match.

Bellefonte gymnasts hand St. Marys Area squad first loss

January 14, 2011

The Bellefonte gymnastics squad defeated the St. Marys Area gymnasts by a 130.325 to 122.05 score Wednesday night in a meet held at the St. Marys Area Middle School.
This was the St. Marys Area squad’s first loss of the season.
“We knew coming into this meet we were going to have a hard time trying to keep up with them. They have a lot of club gymnasts we simply cannot compete with,” said St. Marys coach Irene McCandless.

Rita M. Eberl

January 13, 2011

Rita M. Eberl, 95, of 1151 Looker Mountain Trail, Rixford, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 at Bradford Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 24, 1915, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Joseph and Gertrude Schreiber Hammer.
On Thanksgiving Day 1936, she was married to Philip G. Eberl of Kersey, who preceded her in death in 1996.
She attended Sacred Heart Elementary and St. Benedict's Academy for girls, then worked for Stackpole Carbon Co. until her marriage.

January 12th

Dutchmen down DuBois 64-49 in D9 League play

January 13, 2011

The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball team used a strong second half to defeat the DuBois Area Beavers by a 64-49 score last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Beavers held a 27-23 lead at the half. The Dutch were able to outscore DuBois by a 41-22 margin in the second half of the contest.
“I didn’t think pressure bothered them and after the first quarter they had a substantial lead,” said St. Marys coach Mark Guido. “We really thought at halftime that we needed to put pressure on them and play our style of game.”

Mary Ann Simchick

January 12, 2011

Mary Ann Simchick, 76, of 321 Woodland Ave., Johnsonburg, died Tuesday evening, Jan. 11, 2011, at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Bradford following a short illness.
She was born Dec. 13, 1934 in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Frank and Rose Budzinski Kissel.
On June 16, 1956 in Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, she married Joseph L. Simchick, who preceded her in death on May 4, 2006.
She resided in Johnsonburg all her life and graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1954.

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