April 8th, 2014
A row of military uniforms in protective coverings hangs along one side of the room. Stations of the Cross from St. Marys Church are displayed at the top of an adjacent wall. Across the room are clock hands from St. Mary's Church and a set of French curves that belonged to Ignatius Garner. In between are all sorts of items from St. Marys' past that are still being organized and placed into the appropriate areas as the Historical Society of St. Marys and Benzinger Township gets settled into its new home and prepares to reopen to the public.
Fox Township will continue with litigation as it relates to the Hogback Road paving project. This case has been in litigation since 2008 with the township incurring significant costs in fighting the case.
On March 25, the supervisors held an executive session with the township solicitor.
Supervisor Mike Keller said it is in the township's best interest to continue fighting the case.
Keller said township officials believe they can win the case.
During their meeting the group reviewed the present status of the case and have discovered options on how to proceed.
Eileen B. Fletcher, 89, of Fryburg, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at her home.
She was born Feb. 8, 1925 in Strobleton, the daughter of Harry E. and Barbara S. Hartle Eisenman. On March 5, 1946, she was married to Paul J. Fletcher who preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 1986.
The City of St. Marys is awaiting a followup response about its stormwater management ordinance from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) who stated the ordinance was generally sufficient except for two deficiencies.
The deficiencies pertained to the city's definition and square footage measurements of impervious surface which is landscape that cannot absorb rainfall.
Luke Streich, a Ridgway native writing under the pen name Eazra Shrantz, recently completed a novel titled "Bleeding Shadows" which has been available online since April 5.
Streich, a graduate of Ridgway Area High School, began writing "stories and poetry for fun in the second grade," and has since went on to author several short stories prior to "Bleeding Shadows," his first full-length novel.
Norbert A. â€śNorbâ€ť Arnold, 93, of 648 Cedar Rd., St. Marys, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home following a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 30, 1920 in St. Marys, son of the late Nickolaus and Margaret Ortlauf Arnold. He was a member of the Queen of the World Church and remained devoted to his faith until death.
Norb lived a full life; having been blessed with two beautiful and loving wives. On May 21, 1949, he married Dolores Mary Schneider. She preceded him in death on July 9, 1980. On Oct. 16, 1982, he wedded Grace Erich Bucher. She survives.
Michael Samuel â€śMikeâ€ť DeStephano, 54, of 325 Washington St., St. Marys, died unexpectedly Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home.
Olive Mae Spang, 94, Weedville, died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home after a short illness.
Olive was born Jan. 13, 1920 in Caledonia, daughter of the late Exper and Frances Doyle Youngmark.
Olive was a 1937 graduate of Weedville High School. She had cooked at Little Skipper Restaurant, worked at Echo Glenn Egg farm, and was a care giver for many years. She was also a Member of Caledonia United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Weedville American Legion Auxiliary.
A large crowd gathered Saturday evening for the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Dinner in which two local businesses and one organization were honored for their achievements throughout the past year.
The 2014 recipients were GKN with the Business Achievement Award, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA) with the Community Achievement Award, and the St. Marys Rotary Club with the Community Spirit Award.
The Highlands, formerly the St. Marys Country Club, hosted the Hollywood-themed event "A Night with the Stars."
BYRNEDALE â€“ Emergency responders battled a house fire late Friday night and into the early morning hours of Saturday at a house just off Log Cabin Lane in the area of 19850 Bennetts Valley Highway in Byrnedale.
Elk Company 3 (Fox Township) and Elk Company 5 (Jay Township) were dispatched to the fire at 11:18 p.m. along with Bennetts Valley Ambulance.