JOHNSONBURG â€“Â Aided by effective scoring early on from the starting five, St. Marys (1-0) won the season opener last night in Johnsonburg (0-1) with a 66-45 victory.
The Lady Dutch were powered by senior guard Kayla Hoohuli whose 23 points paced both teams and set her just 26 points shy of the 2,000-point milestone for her high school basketball career.
The standout also finished with 17 rebounds on the night to go with five steals and two blocks.
The Lady Crusaders of Elk County Catholic opened the 2010-11 basketball season in fine fashion on Friday evening as they handed the Ridgway Lady Elkers a 44-10 setback in an AML game played at the Aaron J. Straub Gym on the Elk Catholic campus.
The Lady Crusaders were in control of the ball game from start to finish, as they never trailed.
Ridgway boys basketball has its victory to start the season over Elk County Catholic.
The Elkers led throughout in a close 50-47 victory over the Crusaders Friday night in front of a capacity crowd at Ridgway Area High School.
Ridgway coach Anthony Allegretto said the team came into Friday's game with an expectation for victory.
Volunteers are already hard at work preparing for the the St. Marys Area Christmas Day Dinner, an annual event that has been bringing together area residents to celebrate the holiday for 16 years.
Volunteer Vada Liptak founded the event with her friend and former St. Marys resident Shirley Alexander, and continues to be deeply involved in the project. She said the gathering is sponsored by the community, for the community, for people who would otherwise be alone for Christmas dinner or are unable to prepare dinner on their own.
Helping Hands of St. Marys, the Vietnam Veterans of America Bucktail Chapter 720, and other area residents placed 2,000 wreaths on veterans' graves in St. Marys and Kersey cemeteries on Saturday as part of the Wreaths Across America project, which seeks to honor deceased military members during the holiday season by placing wreaths on their grave sites as a remembrance of their service to the country. Through the generosity of area citizens and donations by several groups, Helping Hands and the Vietnam Veterans came very close to their goal of 2,300 wreaths.
SMETHPORT â€“ The alleged killer of a 21-year-old pregnant woman in Bradford in 2009 was ready Thursday to finalize a plea agreement that most likely would send him to state prison for life.
But the deal hit a sudden snag at a hearing in the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport, when defendant Thomas Paul Haggie claimed he failed to take medication that is prescribed for his mental issues.
County President Judge John Pavlock said he is "concerned" that Haggie "may not understand what's going on" because the defendant allegedly skipped the daily pills prescribed by a Bradford psychiatrist.
At their recent meeting, members of the St. Marys City Council discussed and took action on several different agenda items.
Tina Gradizzi, Community and Economic Development Coordinator, approached council requesting approval of guidelines for the HOME program.
William Louis Oleszewski, loving husband and father, died on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at Hope Hospice in Ft. Myers, Fla.
He was born July 10, 1921, in Jeannette, son of the late Bronislaw and Kamilla Oleszewski.
The Nicholas J. Sinibaldi Symphonic Band will present a holiday concert this Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. The band will be conducted by Chris Gankowski, band director at the St. Marys Area High School.
Anne Herzing, daughter of the late Nicholas J. Sinibaldi, noted that this is the first year that the family-oriented concert will be held in a church.
"Sacred Heart, first of all, is one of the older churches [in the community]. Also, the fact is that my dad liked Sacred Heart. He always thought it was a very beautiful church," Herzing said.
During the St. Marys Area School Districtâ€™s re-organizational meeting, the school board approved numerous items.
Once again the board voted to continue to hold its regular meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the SMAHS library.
They also voted to use The Daily Press as the newspaper of general circulation to serve as the publication entity for district notices.
Under business affairs the board approved the districtâ€™s annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2010. Copies of the report are available in the business office.