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December 9th

Lighting ceremony seeks to comfort parents of deceased children

December 9, 2014

RIDGWAY – Area residents are scheduled to come together Sunday evening for Elk County's second annual candle lighting ceremony held in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony, an event held to honor children who have died at a young age.
The event is held across the globe at the same local hour on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. The local event will once again be held at the gazebo on the Elk County Courthouse lawn in downtown Ridgway.

Jay Township Water Authority may reduce membership

December 9, 2014

JAY TWP. – Several points of business were discussed at the Jay Township Water Authority meeting Tuesday night.
Under new business the board discussed changing from seven members to five members. A resolution must be drafted and then approved by the board of supervisors. After tonight's meeting, there will be two vacancies on the seven-member board.

Yolanda E. “Viola” Geci

December 9, 2014

Yolanda E. “Viola” Geci, 95, of 1173 Million Dollar Hwy., Kersey, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at Penn Highlands Elk.
She was born Feb. 8, 1919 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Anthony and Lucia Pasta Salvatore.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Sacred Heart School and St. Marys Public schools.
On June 15, 1940 in the Sacred Heart Church, she married Lucian M. Geci, who preceded her in death July 18, 1982.

Marie J. Pontzer

December 9, 2014

Marie J. Pontzer, 81, a resident of Silver Creek Terrace and formerly of 238 Fairview Rd., Kersey, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 6, 1933 in St. Marys, daughter of the late James and Assunta Scarnati Carino. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1953. She was a retired cook at the St. Marys Area High School, retiring in 1999 after 28 years of service.
On Sept. 1, 1956 in the Queen of the World Church, she married Mark P. Pontzer, who preceded her in death Oct. 18, 2005.

Helen E. Urmann

December 9, 2014

Helen E. Urmann, 88, formerly of 340 Allenhurst Ave., Ridgway, died Friday morning, Dec. 5, 2014 at Elk Haven Nursing Home following a brief illness.
She was born June 3, 1926 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Joseph V. and Ruth (McMackin) Urmann.
She had resided in Ridgway all of her life, and was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church.
Helen enjoyed reading, gardening and playing bridge. She was a graduate of St. Leo High School and Seton Hill College.
She had been employed by Brockway Glass for 40 years.

Pro football weekly recap

December 9, 2014

Thursday Night Football 12/4/14

Dallas (9-4) 41

Chicago (5-8) 28

Dallas used the 3rd quarter to put this game out of reach. After a tightly contested
first half the score was 14-7 in Dallas’ favor. Dallas was able to use an early
second half turnover to score a 24 yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Cole
Beasley. They used great field position to tack on 2 more touchdowns before the end
of the 3rd quarter to make the score 35-7. Chicago made the game somewhat close
thanks to a 21 point fourth quarter of their own, but it was too little, too late.

December 8th

Lady Crusaders down Kane Lady Wolves 50-27

December 8, 2014

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader basketball team improved to 2-0 on the young season as they defeated the Kane Lady Wolves by a 50-27 score in a game played at Kane.

Fair funding formula in the works at SMASD

December 8, 2014

The St. Marys Area School District board of directors have voiced their support for a fair funding formula which calls for an efficient and equal system of public education that does not shift the burden to local taxpayers.
"There needs to be a fair funding formula that meets the needs of every type of district that there is. We can't keep going year to year saying, 'We don't have a clue of what we might be getting.' That's terrible for budgeting," said Superintendent Brian Toth.

Couple pleads guilty in bath salts ring

December 8, 2014

RIDGWAY – A St. Marys couple pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the July 17 drug busts carried out in St. Marys and Ridgway by the North Central Regional Drug Task Force.
Leif Eric Moats (known as Eric), 40, and Kristin M. Moats, 33, both of 325 Kaul Ave., appeared in Elk County Court before Judge Masson Monday morning. They were arrested along with Rachel Shrefler and Tammy Zawatski, both of Ridgway, and are believed to have all worked together in the sale and distribution of alpha-PVP, the drug commonly known as bath salts.

SMAHS students and faculty brighten holidays for area children

December 8, 2014

St. Marys Area High School students and faculty have demonstrated their holiday spirit by participating in the Giving Tree program sponsored by The Salvation Army.
Recently they have all pitched in and donated $2,000 worth of new clothes, toys, bikes, shoes and jackets for families whose Christmas would otherwise be bleak. 

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