Archive - Nov 2013
Area fire departments were called out for a structure fire on Curry Avenue just before 9 p.m. on Friday evening. A significant amount of smoke could be seen coming from the structure, which scanner reports indicated was at 431 Curry Ave., and the smell of smoke was apparent throughout the downtown area. The first call went out at 8:50 p.m. for the Crystal Fire Department and St. Marys Ambulance. Roughly eight minutes later a second call went out for the Johnsonburg Fire Department, Fox Township Fire Department, and Ridgway Fire Department.
With the holiday season now in full swing it is not uncommon for area residents to travel hours away or browse countless internet sites in search of sales to complete their Christmas shopping. There used to be a time though when people could find nearly everything on their Christmas list while shopping in town or in one of the surrounding communities.
The Daily Press recently asked followers on our Facebook page to share some of their favorite local holiday shopping memories.
Those seeking a change from the hustle and bustle of Black Friday yet are still seeking deals and savings are encouraged to shop local by patronizing local establishments during Small Business Saturday.
Cold and snowy conditions on Thursday morning did not stop roughly a hundred people from taking part in the ninth annual Turkey Trot 5K walk/run, which is held annually by the family of Andy and Pam Schlimm to raise money for prostate cancer research.
RIDGWAY â€“ The recently-passed transportation bill will increase the state's dirt and gravel road fund seven fold, raising its allocation from $5 million to $35 million.
Willis G. Smith, 85, of 1678 Bucktail Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 at the Pinecrest Manor after a lengthy illness.
He was born April 30, 1928, in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph E. and Dorothy M. Gleixner Smith.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He was a retired supervisor at Sylvania for many years.
On Nov. 18, 1952, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Grace A. Taylor, who preceded him in death on June 23, 2001.
Grady J. Cherry of 257 Rasselas Rd., Wilcox, died on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 in DuBois, the son of Stephen and Heather Tressler Cherry.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Johnsonburg.
Grady James fought for nine days for his family to get to know him. He was brave and determined and never gave up until the last moment. He is God's angel and proved that miracles really do happen even if they only last nine days.
Gary A. Meyer, 61, of 500 Elm St., Weedville, and formerly of St. Marys, died on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at Elk Regional Health Center after battling a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug 16, 1952 in St. Marys, a son of Rita M. Erich Meyer, who survives, and the late James E. Meyer.
On Feb. 13, 1996, he married Jeanne Wicks Meyer, who survives.
Gary was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from St. Marys Area High School.
Whether area residents like it or not winter weather has officially arrived in St. Marys, and the first snowfalls of the season typically go hand-in-hand with complaints about winter road maintenance.
According to City Manager Dave Greene, in addition to the roughly 76 miles of roads in St. Marys that are maintained by the city, there are also various state roads within the city limits that are under PennDOT's jurisdiction.
"We work closely with PennDOT to see that those things are taken care of," Greene said.
This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature a familiar face as Corporal Liz Dollinger, a 2011 St. Marys Area High School graduate, is set to march with the East Coast Composite Marine Band in which she plays clarinet. The band is projected to pass through the red carpet area of the parade at around 10:45 a.m.