February 9th, 2011
The Punxsutawney Chuck wrestling squad handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen a 34-30 loss Wednesday night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The match saw the Chucks open a 22-9 lead, only to see the Dutchmen come back to take a 24-22 lead with four matches remaining. Punxsy picked up two decisions and a pin to record the victory.
â€śThe team didnâ€™t get it done tonight. Punxsutawney wrestled to win,â€ť said St. Marys coach Dominic Surra. â€śPunxsy had all the excuses, but they stepped up and got the job done - we didnâ€™t.
Former city councilman Tom Farley approached members of city council at their recent meeting to inquire whether they had directed the St. Marys Municipal Authority to take any action to prepare to sell water from the city's wastewater treatment plant to drillers in the Marcellus Shale industry. Farley had first approached council members about the idea during one of their budget work sessions in November 2010, stating that the revenue generated by selling the water could help balance the city's budget and potentially alleviate the need for a future tax increase.
Fox Township Elementary School students recently enjoyed a visit by poet C.J Heck of DuBois. As the author of the children's poetry book, "Barking Spiders and Other Such Stuff," Heck was invited to speak to students about her work.
Christine Kuhar, Fox Twp. Elementary principal, said the book is very popular among the school's students.
During her interactive presentations, Heck read several of her current poems, as well as selections from the soon-to-be published "Barking Spiders Too."
In addition, Heck discussed the meaning of some of the poems and how they came about.
During their meeting earlier this week, members of city council approved a variety of motions concerning legislative items within the city.
Council members gave their unanimous approval to Resolution 11-3, which certifies that the city has maintained a portion of Prince Alley for 21 years.
According to City Manager Dave Greene, PennDOT required that the city ascertain ownership and maintenance of a portion of Prince Alley in order for them to obtain liquid fuels funding for that road.
Betty Rae Showers, 84, of Benezette, died peacefully at her daughterâ€™s home on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 following a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 21, 1927 on Winslow Hill in Benezette. daughter of the late Charles and LaJune (Sexton) Larkin. In 1951, she married William E. Showers, who preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2010. Â
She lived all her life in Benezette and attended Benezette School. She worked at Stackpole Carbon in St. Marys. She loved her home, flowers, gardening and springtime. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends with a cup of hot tea.
The year-long Straub Brewery "Celebrating the SUDS" 2011 Charity Pub Crawl is set to launch on Thursday, Feb. 17, with an event taking place each month until December.
The Pub Crawl is described as a "unique and celebratory partnership" between the brewery and 10 popular area bars to benefit four local charities: the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Crystal Fire Department, Rotary Club of St. Marys and the Elk County Humane Society.
Bob DeLullo, owner of Woodbed Corporation and DeLullo Trucking, spoke to city council during their Monday evening meeting to address complaints that residents of Wilson Road had made about his business at previous council meetings.
Harold L. Seelye, 84, of 632 Cedar Rd., St. Marys, died on Monday evening, Feb. 7, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness of the past year.
He was born Dec. 8, 1926, son of the late Henry and Margaret Grasser Seelye.
On July 19, 1954, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Mary A. Horvatin, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1944. He was an employee of the former National Molded Products for 40 years and was a retired employee of Windfall Products.
Jason C. Pontious, 41, of 162 Cuneo Rd., Kersey, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 in Ft. Myers, Fla., where he had resided the past three months.
He was born July 23, 1969, in St. Marys, son of Irvin Pontious of Pearce, Ariz. and Karen Fritz Pontious of Kersey. He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys Area High School and machinist school in Ridgway. He was a former employee of Quala-Die, Inc.
Judith L. Buehler, 72, of 3627 Montmorenci Rd., Ridgway, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 following a lengthy illness.
She was born on April 13, 1938, in Ridgway, daughter of the late LeRoy and Verna (Anderson) Johnson.
She married James F. Buehler on June 18, 1955. He preceded her in death on June 30, 2008.