January 12th, 2011
North Country Kettle Corn, based in Ridgway, has been growing one kernel at a time since Jaime and Diane Leitzel opened the business in the spring of 2009.
The couple came up with the idea of starting a business as a way to alleviate their empty nest syndrome.
They traveled to numerous events around the tri-state area in 2008, seeking out a potential new business venture, eventually deciding on kettle corn.
The St. Marys Public Library has a number of programs and events scheduled over the course of the winter, many of which are geared toward encouraging younger children to read.
February will mark the third consecutive year that the library has collaborated with the Success by Six Program to collect books for children ages six and under.
According to Vicki Miller, the library's director of children's services, the purpose of the program is to get reading materials to preschool children so that they are introduced to books before they begin school.
A capacity home crowd will be cheering Saturday at Heinz Field as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens in a pro football playoff game.
But before the action begins on the field, these same fans will be saluting several Purple Heart recipients-- including Leo "Jerry" Geibel of Kane-- in a pre-game ceremony at the stadium.
"It's a privilege to be part of the Purple Heart ceremony," Geibel said. "I want to thank the Steelers, who made it possible."
A pin by Kevin Hoy at 285 pounds gave the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch wrestlers a hard-fought 39-36 victory over the DuBois Area Beavers last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
Hoy, along with fellow senior Jimmy Antonelli, gave the Dutch the victory when they both recorded pins in the final two bouts of the night as St. Marys trailed 36-27 after the 189-pound match.
â€śThatâ€™s what makes high school wrestling great,â€ť said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra. â€śThat was a great match from a fanâ€™s perspective.
Elk Catholic's Crusaders picked up their seventh win of the season on Tuesday evening as they defeated the visiting Punxsutawney Area Chucks by a 52-33 score in a District 9 League encounter at the Aaron J. Straub gym on the Elk Catholic campus.
Things started out very slowly for the Crusaders, as they were held scoreless in the first five minutes of the game, falling behind 9-2. Then, in the final three minutes of the period, the Crusaders began clicking as they outscored Punxsy 8-2 to get back in the game.
Smith's Sport Store officially closed its doors on Dec. 30, 2010 after 87 years of business in the St. Marys downtown area.
According to owner Jeff Buchheit, the biggest reason for the decision to close the business stemmed from people changing the way they spend their time.
"Hunting has changed dramatically over the course of the last 20 years, but it's been on a fast-paced changed in the last five," Buchheit said.
Members of the St. Marys Area High School Swim and Dive Teams put their teamwork to use during a recent collection drive for the Elk County Humane Society.
"We decided that as a team that we wanted to do something bigger than ourselves this year," said Megan Barber, girls' team co-captain.
The teams solicited donations prior to their Intersquad Meet on Dec. 17. The meet featured swimmers and divers from the high school, as well as junior high members of the Blue Tide team.
Through work-release fees and housing revenue, the Elk County Prison generated over $120,000 for 2010.
Speaking at a prison board meeting Tuesday morning, warden Gregory J. Gebauer indicated that total housing revenue for 2010 from housing out-of-county inmates was $64,250. Work-release fees collected for the year were $60,372.65.
During Monday evening's St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors meeting, a variety of items were approved regarding several aspects of the district.
Resident Marilyn Secco questioned the board as to why the National Anthem is not played during junior high and elementary sporting events.
Secco said school board member Bob Luchini informed her that it was school board policy.
Secco added that she believes having the National Anthem played at all grade level sporting events will provide a learning opportunity for the students as well.
Harold R. Young, age 87, of 108 Irishtown Rd., Kersey, died Monday morning, Jan. 10, 2011 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 1, 1923 in Brockway, son of the late Thomas R. and Stella B. (Truesdale) Young.