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Valentine's Day Ball held for Pinecrest residents

February 12, 2012

Photo by Becky Polaski - Pictured, in center, from left, are this year's Valentine's Day Ball princess, Yvonne Oertley; prince, Richard Simchick; queen, Nadine Landis; and king, John Steinbach, surrounded by the Confirmation students who assisted with this year's event.

For about an hour and a half on Saturday afternoon, the sounds of upbeat tunes could be heard at Pinecrest as around 70 residents gathered for the annual Valentine's Day Ball.
The event is held each year by St. Marys Area High School and Elk County Catholic High School students in the Confirmation classes at Queen of the World Parish, Sacred Heart Parish, and St. Mary's Parish. This year 20 students participated in the event, according to Kathy Reuscher, confirmation facilitator.
"This year was a little less than last year, because we had 40-plus students last year, but I was grateful for the ones that were here," Reuscher said. "Some of them actually work here, which made it really nice."
While the event followed the same format as in previous years, Reuscher noted that one main difference was that one of the Confirmation students provided the entertainment, something which had not previously been done.

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