Archive - Jul 2013
It was sunny and warm for Activity Day at Kaulmont Park on Wednesday morning, and the nice weather complemented the fun morning of activities enjoyed participants and park staff. It was the first time in a year or two that the event was held at Kaulmont, according to park staff, and the hiatus may have contributed to a slightly lower turnout than staff had anticipated.
ST. MARYS â€“ A St. Marys man will stand trial for reportedly attempting to detonate multiple pipe bombs in Elk County.
Charges against Kelly James Shaffer, 20, of 853 South Michael St., St. Marys, were bound over for court following a preliminary hearing held Tuesday in front of District Judge Mark Jacob who ruled the prosecution presented sufficient evidence in support of its cage against Shaffer.
Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of articles based on a presentation given recently by local historian Ray Beimel on the history of the Diamond.
The biggest celebration in St. Marys' history took place on Aug. 7, 1919, and the festivities centered around the Diamond. It was a Tuesday and, according to local historian Ray Beimel, "nobody did anything that day but celebrate."
The summer program is ending today at the library for the Kane Elementary School and the Kane Middle School.
Chelsea Bloam, a St. Marys native, is the summer librarian. The library has been open this summer Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Richard E. Reitz, formerly of Wilcox, died on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Masonic Village Health Care Center, Elizabethtown.
Born in Ridgway, he was the son of the late Damon and Edna Green Reitz.
He was the husband of Elizabeth Mecca Reitz of Elizabethtown and his first wife, Verna Summers Reitz, who died in 1993.
He retired as a machinist in Palmyra, and also worked at the Johnsonburg Paper Mill. He was a member of Palm Lutheran Church, Palmyra and past master of Masonic Lodge #675 F&AM, Johnsonburg.
Anne E. Defibaugh, 82, of 432 Lookout Ave., Ridgway, died July 30, 2013, at Pinecrest Manor.
She was born May 27, 1931, in Port Allegany, the daughter of Gordan and Signe Erickson Edgar.
On February 23, 1952, she married Howard Defibaugh, he survives.
Mrs. Defibaugh was Methodist by faith. She had been employed by North Penn Gas Co., Hamlin Bank and Trust Co., and by Producerâ€™s Bank. She moved to Ridgway with her family in 1974. She was active with the Bloodmobile, American Cancer Society, Hospital Aux. Thrifty Shop and she was on the Board of the Elk County Historical Society.
That is what Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-5) had to say regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline during a visit to Elk County earlier this week.
The project, which according to the website keystone-xl.com, "is a proposed 1,179-mile, 36-inch diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Neb."
Anna L. Anderson, 98, of 116 Dagus Mines Road, Kersey, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility in Ridgway after a brief illness.
She was born February 12, 1915 in Kersey, daughter of the late Claus and Clara Anderson.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Kersey High School, Class of 1933.
She also attended Grace Martin Secretarial School in Pittsburgh. She was a retired employee of Keystone Powdered Metal Company.
Editor's note: This is the third in a series of articles from a presentation recently given by local historian Ray Beimel on the history of the Diamond.
Local historian Ray Beimel noted that while many older community members associate the old bandstand with the Diamond, it was actually "one of those relatively short-lived phenomena" and only in place for 23 years.
Memorial Park will be holding its first ever Mario Kart tournament on Sunday, Aug. 4 beginning at 5 p.m. at the scout house located near the park's basketball courts. The double elimination team tournament will be played on Nintendo 64 game systems.