August 8th, 2011
Raymond H. Gradl, 78, of 460 Maple Street, St. Marys, died with his family by his side on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 at DuBois Regional Medical Center following a short illness.Â
He was born May 13, 1933 in St. Marys, a son of the late Alfred and Marie Leuschel Gradl.
On July 2, 1960 in Queen of the World Church, he married Barbara Wagner Gradl, who survives.
Mr. Gradl was a member of Queen of the World Church. He graduated from Central High School, Class of 1953.Â He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War.Â He was a graduate of Bryant Stratton College in Buffalo.Â
PSP Trooper Kenton Iwaniec's friends referred to him as â€śThe Shepherd,â€ť or â€śShep.â€ť When he and his friends would go out, he was the designated driver.
â€śThey called him 'Shepherd,'â€ť his father, Ken Iwaniec, said Friday. â€śWhen they'd go out, he would get them home. We'd say, 'Are you going out?' His friends said, 'Yeah; Shep's got us.'â€ť
The Community Nurses, Inc. held their third annual Butterfly Release on Sunday afternoon in the Serenity Garden on the campus of the Elk Regional Health Center. The event benefits the organization's hospice program. Throughout the past several years, the event has become a meaningful and healing event for many area residents. A sizeable crowd was on hand for the event which featured a program which included inspirational readings during a celebration of life service, music and a reading of the list of names which the butterflies were purchases in honor and in memory of.
KEATING TWP. â€“Â The Kane-based state police report that a traffic fatality occurred at approximately 5:08 a.m. on Aug. 7 on SR 46, in the area of Coleville Road, Keating Township, McKean County. According to police, a 1995 Ford F150 operated by Joshua Quentin Benjamin, 24, of Eldred, was negotiating a right curve in the roadway when the vehicle traveled south across the double yellow center line, into and across the eastbound lane of traffic and off the south side of the roadway. The Ford then impacted a culvert. Upon impact, the Ford continued west and then impacted a utility pole.
Larry B. Beimel, 64, of Pottstown and formerly of St. Marys, died Thursday, July 21, 2011.
He was born on March 5, 1947 in St. Marys, a son of the late Romaine "Shorty" and Mary Chere Beimel.
He attended St. Marys schools and had lived in Pottstown for the past several years.Â Years ago he had worked at Pure Carbon Company.Â He enjoyed playing his guitar.Â
As a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, Lt. Col. Timothy Pearson, 40, is currently the commander of the 332ndÂ Expeditionary Communications Squadron at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, a position he has held since June. In addition, he has also commanded the 56th Communications Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
"Being a commander is an amazing experience in any location, but being responsible for leading airmen in a deployed environment is something I could only have dreamed of when I joined the military," Pearson said.
Enrollment within the St. Marys Area School District continues to decline, dropping a total of three percent from 2,275 students last year to 2,212 students this year.
According to Ann Kearney, superintendent, there are 732 students enrolled in high school, 560 at the middle school and 929 in the district's three elementary schools, including 114 at Bennetts Valley, 208 at Fox Township Elementary and 605 at S. St. Marys Street Elementary.
In a continuation of their Monday evening meeting, members of the St. Marys City Council began taking steps on Thursday evening to dissolve the city's parking authority.
All members of council, with the exception of Steve Skok and Rick Gabler, were present at Thursday evening's continuation of Monday's meeting, and all voted unanimously in favor of the resolutions regarding the parking authority. Eight resolutions were passed regarding the authority and how the city plans to move forward.
Over the past 10 years, area residents have feasted on a variety of chicken wings from area eateries as part of the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce and PNC Bank Wing Fling. The Chamber's annual signature event is being held this year on Sept. 9 from 6-9:30 p.m. along Market Street in downtown St. Marys and will feature the local band Remedy, set to rock the Wing Fling this year as the scheduled entertainment.
FirstEnergy completed its merger with Allegheny Power back in late February, and while the old West Penn Power name has made its return, reportedly little else will change.
Tom Kearney, area manager for West Penn Power/FirstEnergy, said the office location along state Route 120 [Ridgway-St. Marys Road] will remain there and he hopes employees can continue providing reputable service to the community.