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Dinsmore parks it every chance he gets

July 13, 2012

Michael Dinsmore has turned his love of the outdoors into a career with the Bureau of State Parks. The Dagus Mines native was recently named the manager of Little Pine State Park Complex, based in Lycoming County.

Heigel's road leads to happiness

July 6, 2012

St. Marys native Brad Heigel recently became the guy who ensures that Commonwealth residents have a smooth ride when they travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Heigel, was recently named as the chief engineer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC).

Fr. Paul Taylor named to VP spot at Saint Vincent College

June 29, 2012

The Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., is a very busy man. The St. Marys native has served in many capacities at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe and was recently named the institution’s executive vice president.

Dush's pharmacy clinic offers specialized patient care

June 22, 2012

Over the past 10 years, Elk County native Aaron Dush has been involved in the field of anticoagulation medicine, also known as blood thinners. It is within the past three years Dush was recruited to begin his own practice from the ground up at The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University, where he works as a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Anticoagulation.

William Decker receives promotion at WWC

June 15, 2012

General George S. Patton once exhorted, “Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”
And, William Decker is primed to experience that exhilaration, as is evidenced by his recent promotion to the position of programming department manager at Wyoming Women’s Center. According to Decker, the challenge was a welcome one.
“I’m constantly challenging myself,” Decker said.

Wachter celebrating more than just her birthday

June 8, 2012

Burkina Faso sounds like a girl's name--and maybe somewhere it is--but it's also the Land of the Upright People, a small country in West Africa. Nestled snugly amid such better-known neighbors as Ghana, Cote d'ivoire, Mali, Togo, Niger, and Benin, Burkina Faso is home to the Burkinabe people and, for the last two years, Shannon Wachter. A glance at the World Almanac could tell you much about the country's people, history, and land, but all it offers are statistics. As any traveler can tell you, to truly know a place, you have to live there.

Engel knows the drill as root canal specialist

June 1, 2012

From performing roots canals while on a swaying U.S. Navy warship to repairing a bomb-sniffing dog's broken canine tooth, endodontist Gregory Engel, DMD, MS has seen many things in his 16 years of practicing dentistry.
As the owner of Beach Endodontics in Virginia Beach, Va., Engel, 42, specializes in root canals and although some may view the procedure as unpleasant, Engel strives to ease patients' fears, especially those with dental phobias.

Kelly working to dig up ailments as plant pathologist

May 25, 2012

Assisting the state's growers in raising healthy crops is just a portion of what St. Marys native Emily Pfeufer Kelly, 26, is working on toward her way to becoming a plant pathologist.

Flacinski inspired by sister to become speech-language pathologist

May 11, 2012

People often look up to their older siblings and follow their lead, but St. Marys native Melissa Flacinski said it was her younger sister Jessica who influenced her to become a speech-language pathologist.
Flacinski is currently employed as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in a high/middle school in New Holland, Pa., working mostly with students in the life skills, learning support, autistic support and multiple disabilities programs.

Rigard publishes book detailing 1938 Westline murder

April 13, 2012

Earl Nightingale is credited with saying, "The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment."
Thursie Stroup Rigard, a Westline native and former Kersey resident currently in her mid-80s, epitomized this as she recently accomplished her goal of writing and publishing an account of a murder she witnessed in Westline as a child.

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