February 15th, 2015
Snowy roads and icy blasts of wind didn't deter a full house at the St. Marys Servicemen's Detail annual banquet Saturday night at the Bavarian Hills Golf Club.
Following an invocation by Pastor Tim Hoover of the St. Marys First United Methodist Church, guests enjoyed stuffed chicken breasts and stuffed pork chop dinners prepared by the Bavarian Hills staff.
Imagine attempting to keep a vehicle safely on the road while driving blindfolded for five seconds at 55 miles per hour. In addition, by this time a driver has covered an area slightly longer than a football field.What may sound like a challenge to some is a risk drivers take everyday when reading or sending a text message.
One local business owner is hoping to raise awareness to the dangers of texting and driving through participation in the Red Thumb Reminder project, encouraging drivers to paint their thumb nail red or wear a red band or string around their finger.
Editor's note: This is the last in a series of articles based on a presentation given by local historian Ray Beimel on an overview of St. Marys' history in the carbon industry.
As he concluded his brief overview of the history of the carbon industry, local historian Ray Beimel remarked that St. Marys has become adept at taking "cheap stuff" such as coke, pitch, and graphite and turning it into something valuable.
"This is the key to St. Marys' prosperity," Beimel said.
Elizabeth Jane Erickson, 65, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 after a gutsy battle with lung disease.
Betsy was born to Walter "Baldy" and Agnes Foster Bouse on Nov. 25, 1949, their fourth child. On Aug. 18, 1972, she married John Erickson of Johnsonburg and they resided in Ridgway all their married life.
Kathleen Ann Penfield, 63, of 236 Walnut St., Ridgway, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at Highland View Health Care in Brockway.
She was born March 13, 1951 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Herbert and Marion Mitchell Fannin. On April 28, 1973, she married William R. Penfield Jr., who survives.
She had lived in Ridgway all her life. She had been employed at St. Marys Carbon for 31 years. She was a graduate of Ridgway Area High School Class of 1970. Kathy enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting and scrapbooking.
Gwendollyn Jane Strohm, 86, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of Elk Towers and Beaver, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.
She was born March 15, 1928 in Conemaugh, daughter of the late Kenneth and Mildred Dimond Falstick. She was a graduate of East Pittsburgh High School and had worked at the Westinghouse Electric Company and the Sears store in Beaver. She resided in St. Marys since 1995.
On July 16, 1949 in Industry, she married Albert F. Strohm, who preceded her in death Sept. 21, 1995.
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders kept their winning streak going and earned a trip to tonight's AML title game with a 58-30 victory over the Brockway Lady Rovers Friday night in an AML semifinal played at Elk County Catholic High School.
The Elk County Catholic Crusaders will meet the Ridgway Elkers tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Marys Area Dutch oven for the Allegheny Mountain League championship.
Elk Catholic, the top seed from the North Division, defeated DuBois Central, the second team from the South Division by a 67-40 score Friday night at the ECCHS gym.
The St. Marys Area School District Board of Directors recently approved several items at their latest meeting ranging from a contract, environmental plan, new courses of study, student field trips and support organizations.
Under general school affairs, a contract was approved between SMASD and the St. Marys Area Education Association beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2016.
The starting salary in 2015-2016 for professional employees with a bachelor's degree is $43,397 with a top salary of $64,272.
Editor's note: This is the sixth in a series of articles based on a presentation given by local historian Ray Beimel on an overview of St. Marys' history in the carbon industry.
While providing a brief overview of the history of the carbon industry in St. Marys, local historian Ray Beimel explained that three of the local carbon plants had also made significant contributions to the Allies' victory in World War II.
The first plant he discussed was Keystone, which invented a product called the nickel cup.